Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Minnesota picked up an easy victory over the nation's top-ranked team on Sunday night.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers jumped out to a quick start against the Boston College Eagles on Sunday night as they cruised to an 8-1 victory in the Mariucci Classic. The victory improved Minnesota's record to 13-3-3 this season while Boston College fell to 12-3-1.These two teams last met in the 2012 Frozen Four.
Minnesota's Nick Bjugstad got the scoring started with a goal less than three minutes into the game, and the Gophers would take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Things would only get worse for the Eagles from there, as Minnesota built a 7-0 advantage before Boston College finally got on the scoreboard. Sam Warning gave Minnesota its eighth and final goal at 14:24 of the third period.
Boston College committed eight penalties in the game, and Minnesota capitalized by converting on four power play opportunities. The Gophers also out-shot BC and had the edge in the faceoff circle.
The Eagles came into the contest ranked No. 1 in the nation, while the Gophers came in at No. 4. Minnesota returns to the ice for a home game against Notre Dame on Jan. 8.