Hockey East Roundup: No. 12 BC Takes 6-2 Beating From No. 3 Minnesota

The Golden Gophers went to the Eagles’ house Friday, and they tore it down.

No. 3 Minnesota (8-3-0) turned in a very convincing 6-2 win over No. 12 Boston College (7-6-0) at Kelley Rink, but despite the lopsided score, the game didn’t look as though it would be a runaway until late in the third period. Minnesota and BC were deadlocked at 0-0 until Sam Warning put the Golden Gophers on the board 16:57 into the first period.

Minnesota stretched out its lead from there, netting two more goals in the second period, but the Eagles weren’t out of it yet. Alex Tuch and Destry Straight scored less than three minutes apart early in the final period, bringing BC within a goal.

But in the end, they were no match for the Golden Gophers, who tacked on another two goals before sophomore Connor Reilly put the kibosh on the BC comeback with an empty-netter in the game’s final minute.

BC will look to pick themselves up against No. 20 Providence on Saturday night.

Around the League

Merrimack 3, Clarkson 0: It looked to be anyone’s game through almost two full periods, but the Warriors (9-4-1) pulled away en route to a 3-0 victory over the Golden Knights (5-6-4). Merrimack opened the scoring 16 minutes into the second period and maintained the lead from there by adding two more scores in the third.

Vermont 6, Maine 3: The Black Bears (3-10-1) kept it close for half of their contest with the Catamounts (10-3-1), but they proved to be no match for No. 13 Vermont. Maine tied things up at 3-3 in the second period, but Vermont scored three unanswered for the win. Brian Morgan netted two goals for the Black Bears, while Mario Puskarich had two of his own for the Catamounts.

UMass 3, Quinnipiac 2: The No. 14 Bobcats (8-4-1) tried to stage a comeback over the Minutemen (4-8-0), but they couldn’t get themselves out of the hole they dug. After opening the scoring, Quinnipiac allowed UMass to score three unanswered and didn’t score again until the final minutes. Alex Baron netted both goals for the Bobcats, while Minutemen freshman goaltender Henry Dill made an incredible 37 saves.

Union 3, Notre Dame 2 (OT): The Fighting Irish (6-7-2) carried a 2-0 lead into the third period, but it was the No.17 Dutchmen (7-5-1) who skated away with the overtime win. Last year’s national champs scored three unanswered — including two from junior forward Matt Wilkins — to seal the win. Sam Herr and Austin Wuthrich netted the goals for Notre Dame.

Thumbnail photo via YouTube/Boston College Athletics

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