MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota wanted to make a statement.
This was the Boston College squad that knocked the Gophers out of the playoffs last year. These Eagles came to Minneapolis as the top-ranked team in college hockey.
How does a lopsided seven-goal victory do for a statement?
Fourth-ranked Minnesota trounced No. 1 Boston College on Sunday in the finale of the Mariucci Classic, beating the Eagles by an 8-1 final in front of 10,230 boisterous fans at Mariucci Arena. It was a dominating effort from start to finish, one that saw the Gophers score three times in the first period en route to their biggest win and most complete game of the season.
One of these two teams played like the best team in the country Sunday. It certainly wasn't the top-ranked Eagles.
"They were clearly a better team than we were tonight," Boston College coach Jerry York said of the Gophers. "I thought they were stronger, smarter with the puck. They certainly deserved to win."
It was ...