CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Thirteen Gophers tallied points including Vinni Lettieri’s first two goals of the season as No. 3 Minnesota picked up a 6-2 win against No. 12 Boston College on Friday night at Conte Forum.
With Friday’s win, the Gophers are now unbeaten in their past four games against the Eagles (3-1-0) and are now 9-1-1 against Hockey East teams since the start of the 2012-13 season.
After struggling to find an offensive rhythm against Minnesota-Duluth two weeks ago, Minnesota (8-3-0 overall) recorded its highest offensive output of the season on with six goals, including three unanswered tallies to quell a third-period rally from the Eagles (7-6-0, 3-3-0 Hockey East).
Sam Warning put Minnesota up by a goal with the lone score of the first period at 16:57 for his fourth of the year, while Lettieri and Ben Marshall made it a three-goal game with goals at 17:32 and 18:22, respectively, of the second.
The Eagles wouldn’t go quietly, however, with a hot streak of their own to open the third. Alex Tuck scored at 3:33 and Destry Straight cut the lead to one at 6:05 before the Gophers’ offense clicked into high gear once again.
Jake Bischoff found the net at 9:43 to snap a 31-game goal drought, while Lettieri lifted his second of the night over Thatcher Demko in net for the Eagles at 13:07 for his first career multi-goal game and second career multi-point game. Connor Reilly ended the run for the Gophers with an empty-net goal at 19:24. Ryan Collins notched two assists for his first multi-point game of his career while Brady Skjei picked up the assist in his first game back after missing four in a row with an injury.
Adam Wilcox moved to 8-3-0 on the season with the 24-save performance on while Demko fell to 7-6-0 with a 24-save night as well. Minnesota’s penalty kill successfully held Boston College without a power-play goal on four advantages.