Top-ranked Gophers get off to fast start, skate past No. 2 Notre Dame
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Nate Condon, Zach Budish and Sam Warning each had a goal and an assist to lead the top-ranked Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team to a 4-1 victory over second-ranked Notre Dame on Tuesday night at Mariucci Arena.
Freshman goalie Adam Wilcox made 22 saves for the Gophers.
Condon opened the scoring at 1 minute, 21 seconds of the first period and Warning made it 2-0 at 7:29. Jeff Costello pulled the Irish (14-5) within 2-1 when he scored at 14:31 of the first period.
The Gophers (14-3-3) got goals from Christian Isackson and Budish in the second and third periods, respectively, to account for the final margin. The Irish had its six-game winning streak ended.
The main storyline entering the game was the fact that Gophers coach Don Lucia's son, Mario, plays for Notre Dame. Mario Lucia, who played for the gold-medal winning United States team in the recently completed World Junior Championships, had one shot on goal and was a minus-3.
The victory was the second in a row for the Gophers over one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.
Nick Bjugstad had a career-high four points, and Wilcox made 32 saves to lead the Gophers to an 8-1 victory over then top-ranked Boston College on Dec. 30.