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Notre Dame defenseman Jake Boltmann (6) skates with the puck during the Michigan State-Notre Dame NCAA hockey game on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Indiana.

SOUTH BEND — When Jake Boltmann is on the ice skating for the No. 12 Notre Dame hockey team, pucks seem to find him — literally.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman returns to his home state this weekend with his Fighting Irish teammates, six of whom hail from “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” to play a Big Ten series with No. 3 Minnesota on the Olympic-size (200 feet by 100 feet) sheet of ice in the 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis.

The Edina native returns with a lot of body welts. In Notre Dame’s 4-2-2 start this season, Boltmann has blocked 21 shots, including a season-high eight in a 5-4 victory over Northern Michigan Oct. 16. His 2.6 average per game is eighth best in the nation.

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