Minnesota celebrating a sweep - Minnesota Athletics
Minnesota exploded for 8 goals against Boston College Sunday night, led by two apiece for Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau.
News and Notes from Sunday's game:
-Before the game, Boston College coach Jerry York was honored for his 925th win. The Eagles head coach thanked the Gopher fans and said after the game, "it was unexpected and it was a very classy gesture from them."
-Both Boston College and Minnesota were without players due to the World Junior Championships. The Eagles were missing 23 point scorer Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) and Minnesota was without freshman defenseman Mike Reilly (Columbus Blue Jackets).
-The eight goals by Minnesota were the most scored by the Gophers since they opened the 2011-2012 season with 9 against Sacred Heart.
-Despite the score, Boston College led in shots on goal after two periods 26-25. The Eagles were creating opportunities - especially even strength - but as the game went on their chances in front of the net were few and far between.
The biggest swing in momentum was early in the game. With BC down 1-0 and controlling the puck in the Minnesota zone for a 5 minute stretch, Michael Matheson (Panthers) took a holding penalty. Four seconds later Kyle Rau scored to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead and it was off to the races.
-The Mariucci Classic All-Tournament team was all-Gophers. Forwards Nick Bjugstad, Erik Haula and Kyle Rau, Defensemen Nate Schmidt and Jake Parenteau and Goalie Adam Wilcox were its recipients. Wilcox was also named Tournament MVP.
-Haula left the game in the third period holding his arm and did not return to the bench. Lucia refused to give any specifics after the game but Haula will be examined Monday. The Minnesota Wild prospect also was not out during the Mariucci Classic tournament and trophy presentation.
-Minnesota scored four power play goals for the second time this season. The Gophers also scored four goals
-Attendance was 10,230.