The Mariucci Classic wasn't just about the Gophers on Saturday, who throttled Air Force in a shutout, but there was one other game to be played.
Boston College took on Alabama-Huntsville in Saturday's opening semifinal in Minneapolis, with head coach Jerry York going after his 925th win, which would set a Division I coaching record. By the time the first period ended, BC was up 3-0 on goals from Cam Spiro, Bill Arnold, and Danny Linnell. You could say the rout was on.
Pat Mullane scored in the second period to seal it for the Eagles while Huntsville's Jeff Vanderlugt scored a power play goal in the early stages of the second period to give the Chargers life off of a Destry Straight interference minor.
Alabama-Huntsville had their final goal from Craig Pierce late in the game, but the damage was done after Steven Whitney added a fifth goal to Boston College's tally off an even strength mark with the assist going to Destry Straight.
In Sunday's games, Minnesota meets BC for the Mariucci Classic title at 7pm while Air Force and Alabama-Huntsville battle for consolation glory at 4pm.
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