In case you were in a coma this past week, the Gopher Hockey Team was ranked # 1 in the Country, and took on # 5 Boston College in a two game series Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The Gophers and Eagles both played one of the more entertaining hockey games you will ever see on Friday night, as Minnesota went up 1-0 thirty seconds into the game as Hudson Fasching put away a pretty pass from Kyle Rau. Later in the first Travis Boyd got his second of the year on the power play and the Gophers were cruising 2-0. Alas, all would come crashing down in seventy-one seconds. BC stud Johnny Gaudreau scored to cut the lead to 2-1, and then eleven seconds apart, Alex Wilcox let in two weak goals scored by Edina native Micheal Sit, and BC was suddenly up 3-2. Taylor Cammarata would tie the game at three midway throgh the second period, and after a scoreless third, the teams went to overtime knotted at 3. In the OT the Gophers had several great chances, but were hampered in the referees swallowing thier whistles and letting Boston College get away with just about anything. The game officially ended in a tie 3-3, and just for fun went to a shootout. BC won the shootout 2 goals to the Gophers 1, but noone cared.
Sunday, the Gophers again wasted no time jumping on BC and goalie Brian Billett. Nate Condon and Seth Ambroz scored goals 56 second apart to stake the Gophers to a 2-0 lead. Before the first period was over, Mike Reilly and Brady Skjei has added tallies and Minnesota led 4-0. BC got a quick goal to start the second, but once again it was all Minnesota in the third as Micheal Brodzinski and Jake Bischoff capped the outstanding display making it a 6-1 final.
While Sam Warning did not score this weekend for the Gophers, he did tally three assists giving him 12 points on the season to lead all scorers in the NCAA. He was named the second star of the week by the Big Ten, making it all three weeks where he has been recognized.
The Easiest Sweep all Season!
We will preview that series next week, as for this blogger, he is off to see if the football team can continue their impressive ways and history editing ways with a win in Bloomington.
As not to leave you girlless this week, lets see what the University of Indiana can send us...