The Minnesota Golden Gophers entertain Boston College for a non-conference weekend that is part of the inaugural Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge. Friday’s matchup between the two nationally ranked opponents drops the puck at 7pm on BTN (BTN2Go.com will also have the game) while Sunday’s 1pm start is on FOX Sports North (BTN2Go.com will also have Sunday’s game). Let’s take you inside the numbers…
2: The number of times Sam Warning has been recognized for a Big Ten Weekly Award. He was the B1G Second Star on October 15th while earning a first star for his efforts last weekend yesterday. Warning’s also tied for first in national scoring.
3: In two career games versus the Eagles, Minnesota’s Sam Warning is tied for the highest scoring total of current Gophers to see action versus BC. He and Kyle Rau each have three points in two games.
15: In nineteen tries, fifteen is the number of successful penalty kills for Minnesota on the year. In fourteen tries, Boston College has killed off eleven penalties.
5: Each team is scoring an average of five goals or more per game, with Minnesota sitting at five exact goals and BC sitting at 5.67 goals a game. Cue the offense!
1: The number of points Adam Wilcox (that’s right, the goaltender) has scored in a single game versus the Eagles. He last scored a point on December 30, 2012 in a game versus BC which saw the Gophers win 8-1.
18,473: Officially, the number of paid attendees to both Minnesota home games thus far in the 2013-14 season. 6,548 people showed up for both Bemidji State-Minnesota games last weekend at the Sanford Center.
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Until next time, I’ll see you at the rink!