MINNEAPOLIS - The shots and power play chances were identical, but the Boston College men's hockey team could not find the back of the net as often as Minnesota in a 6-1 loss on Sunday afternoon at Mariucci Arena.
The Eagles and Golden Gophers matched each other's shot totals at 32 apiece. First-year forward Evan Richardson was the lone goal scorer for Boston College while senior alternate captain Isaac MacLeod has registered a point in consecutive outings. Junior Quinn Smith also logged an assist on Sunday.
Junior goaltender Brian Billett turned aside 26-of-32 shots countered by a 31-save effort from Minnesota's Adam Wilcox.
Much like Friday evening, Minnesota went up 2-0 early in the contest. After Nate Condon drew first blood at 4:14, the Golden Gophers tallied again 56 seconds later on a Seth Ambroz marker.
On Minnesota's first goal, Taylor Cammarata cleared it out to Justin Kloos on the red line. Condon stayed onsides, gathered Kloos' pass and beat Billett all alone with the low backhander.
The Eagles won the ensuing draw, but the Gophers capitalized in transition once again. Christian Isackson connected with Ambroz on the breakout, forcing the puck into the near corner. Billett blocked Ambroz's first attempt, but the rebound found its way through for a 2-0 Minnesota advantage.
Boston College got on the board at 6:02 of the second frame. Smith triggered the goal with heavy forechecking down low. Smith wrangled the puck loose, out to MacLeod at the top of the zone. MacLeod deferred back to Smith in the left dot where Richardson freed himself in front of the net. Smith shoveled the puck over to Richardson in front for the Eagles' first score.
After snuffing out a Travis Boyd hold, Minnesota added to its early first period lead on a Mike Reilly goal at 10:16. Reilly received a pass from Hudson Fasching in between the circles and ripped it top shelf over Billett's glove for the 3-0 lead.
Closing out the opening frame, Brady Skeji made it 4-0 at 16:20. The puck nestled behind Billett's net where Tom Serratore swooped in to make the pass to Skjei all alone in between the circles.
Minnesota added its fifth in similar style, closing out a successful transition at 5:16 of the third.
Kloos connected with Condon on the right side of BC's zone, but Condon quickly relayed the puck over to Michael Brodzinski in stride. Brodzinski zipped it past Billett in between the circles for a 5-1 cushion.
Jake Bischoff scored at 9:30 in a pile in front of BIllett. Kyle Rau and Sam Warning initiated the play with a slew of jabbing in front, but Bischoff was the beneficiary of a loose puck for a 6-1 lead.
Boston College returns to The Heights to open up Hockey East play next Friday night, Nov. 1, on national television. The Eagles welcome in No. 20 Northeastern (5-1) on the NBC Sports Network. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. BC will make the cross-town trip for a 7 p.m. showdown on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Matthews Arena.