Game one of the Hockey East/Big Ten Challenge at Mariucci Arena Friday night was contested between Minnesota and Boston College. Thatcher Demko started in net for the Eagles and Minnesota countered with stalwart goaltender Adam Wilcox.
The pace was fast and furious from the get-go. Thirty seconds in, Minnesota’s Hudson Fasching opened the scoring on even strength with assists from Kyle Rau and Brady Skjei. After a Kevin Hayes tripping penalty put BC in the box at 3:16, Minnesota capitalized on the ensuing power play. At 4:30, Travis Boyd scored his second of the year with assists going to Kyle Rau and Sam Warning. After a penalty each (BC’s Patrick Brown for interference at 4:55 and
Minnesota’s Ben Marshall for cross checking at 7:31, BC’s Johnny Gaudreau made it 2-1 on the power play. Assists went to Michael Matheson and Bill Arnold on Gaudreau’s third goal of the year.
At 9:31 of the first period, BC’s Michael Sit tied the game at two on even strength with assists going to Scott Savage and Isaac McLeod. The fifth goal of the period and the game also went to Sit at 9:42 as Destry Straight and Scott Savage tallied assists on the marker making it 3-2 in BC’s favor.
The final goal of the regulation time came in the second period as Minnesota’s Taylor Cammarata tied it on even strength at 15:33 of the second period with assists going to Justin Kloos and Michael Brodzinski.
There were no goals in the third period, but Minnesota also outshot Boston College in two of the three regulatory periods of play. The game went to overtime, and ended in a tie with BC winning an unofficial shootout.
The teams continue their series on Sunday at 1pm. The game can be seen on FOX Sports North and BTN2Go.
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