Hockey Recap: Boston College

The top ranked Golden Gophers squared off against national power Boston College this past weekend and were very impressive against the Eagles

After a sweep of the Bemidji State Beavers in Bemidji, the Minnesota's men's hockey team returned home to the #1 ranking and faced off against the #5 Boston College Eagles. Early in Friday's contest it looked like the Gopher's #1 ranking would be unquestionable as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off of goals from Hudson Fasching (the third goal in his short career) and Travis Boyd (his second of the year). Less than five minutes into the game the Gophers were up 2 goals but Johnny "Hockey" Gaudreau and Michael Sit responed by scoring a combined 3 goals in the last fifteen minutes of the first period. After the first period things settled down a bit and the Gopher's were able to knot things up on a goal from Freshman Taylor Cammarata (the second of his career). That would be the end of scoring for both regulation and overtime as the teams skated to a 3-3 tie.

The two teams didn't face off again until early Sunday afternoon. The Gopher's again jumped out to an early lead, but this time they would not be denied. The Gophers were once again up 2-0 about five minutes into the game thanks to goals from Nate Condon (his second of the season) and Seth Ambroz (also his second goal of the year). Instead of letting the Eagles back into the game, the Gophers kept the pressure on and added two goals from defensemen Mike Reilly (his third of the year) and Brady Skjei (his first). The Eagles managed to get the game back to a 3 point difference in the second period thanks to Evan Richardson's first career goal but the Gopher's responded in the third with two more goals from defensemen. Freshman defensemen Michael Brodzinski (his second of the year) and Jake Bischoff (first of his career) were able to seal the game. Adam Wilcox once again had a huge weekend with a multitude of brilliant saves. Wilcox stopped 31/32 shots on goal Sunday and 31/34 in Friday's contest.

Brice Marich also contributed to this report

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