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November 19, 2017
Minnesota, Notre Dame Keep Rolling Along
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In the only Big Ten league action of the weekend, Michigan scored twice in the third period and won in a shootout to earn two points, after a 4-4 tie through overtime.
The Wolverines lost a 7-3 decision Friday, but came out strong Saturday with two early goals. Wisconsin got the next three, including two from Linus Weissbach and took a 3-2 lead after two periods.
But Jake Slaker and Nick Pastujov had third-period goals for Michigan, only to see Wisconsin force overtime with an extra attacker goal by Cameron Hughes with 1:10 remaining.
Wisconsin and Michigan continue to play highly entertaining games, that’s for sure, with defense and goaltending still an issue, particularly for the Wolverines. Wisconsin has scored a nation’s-best 53 goals this season, while Michigan is eighth in that department with 46.
“I think this is what you are going to see a lot this season in Big Ten play: two teams that are evenly-matched, competing for every inch of ice,” Wisconsin coach Tony Granato said.
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Minnesota won its seventh straight home game, and swept Harvard on the weekend, though it took some more effort than Friday’s win.
The Gophers put 16 shots on net in each of the three periods of regulation, but couldn’t get anything past Merrick Madsen until late. In the third, especially, Minnesota poured it on with a 16-3 shot edge, finally tying it with five minutes remaining on a goal from Rem Pitlick.
Minnesota then took a power play into overtime, where Tyler Sheehy won it 35 seconds in.
“We played really well,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. “It’s one of those games where the goaltender sometimes has something to say about who’s going to win. He’s an elite goalie, he’s been that his whole career.
“I just liked the pace we …