Opponent Preview: Boston College

No. 4 Minnesota will host No. 1 Boston College tonight at Mariucci Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on FOX Sports North.

No. 4 Minnesota (12-3-3, 6-3-3 WCHA) vs. No. 1 Boston College (12-2-1, 9-2-1 Hockey East)
Minneapolis, Minn. – Mariucci Arena
7:00 p.m. – FOX Sports North

PREGAME NOTES

Storyline
After both No. 4 Minnesota and No. 1 Boston College came away from Saturday's games with impressive wins, the matchup was set to crown the Mariucci Classic champion on Sunday. In a rematch of the 2012 Frozen Four contest, the Gophers will look to avenge an ugly 6-1 loss at the hands of eventual champion Boston College.

Season to Date
As the top team in the country, Boston College has been rolling all season, compiling a 12-2-1 record overall and 9-2-1 in Hockey East. In their last 13 games they have lost just once, to rival Boston University. They hold convincing wins over ranked teams such as Northeastern, Notre Dame, Dartmouth, and two wins over BU.

Coaching Preview
With Saturday's win over Alabama-Huntsville, Jerry York recorded victory number 925, an NCAA all-time record, surpassing Ron Mason for most wins in a career. York has coached five national title teams, one at Bowling Green and four titles while with the Eagles. In his 19 seasons as the head coach of Boston College, York has compiled an unbelievable record of 427-223-61.

Last Meeting
The sting of last year's 6-1 blowout loss is likely still fresh in the minds of Gopher fans. After a dazzling regular season and an impressive Frozen Four run, the Eagles routed Minnesota, getting up by four goals before allowing the high-powered Gopher offense a tally. Boston College continued its dominance, winning the NCAA Championship while riding a 19-game win streak. Ending a season on a five-goal loss has left this Minnesota team hungry for another crack at the defending champs.

Series History
Minnesota holds the series edge by a 14-12-2 margin. However, with Jerry York as head coach, the Eagles are 4-3-1 against the Gophers.

Gaudreau Out
The Eagles' top scorer, sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, will be absent for the Mariucci Classic as he is playing in the World U-20 Tournament with current Gopher defenseman Mike Reilly. Boston College will miss Gaudreau's scoring touch, the talented forward leads the team with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points.

Players to Watch
Pat Mullane – Mullane, a senior forward, is currently on a seven-game point streak. During this stretch he has two goals and six assists.

Parker Milner – The Eagles' starting goaltender, Parker Milner, is off to a great start this season. Milner led Boston College to the NCAA title in April and has continued his dominance this year with a .925 save percentage while allowing just 2.20 goals per contest.

Background
Location: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Enrollment: 14,406
Conference: Hockey East
Nickname: Eagles
Head Coach: Jerry York (19th season)


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