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MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota men's hockey team played to a 3-3 tie against No. 5 Boston College in front of 9,941 fans at Mariucci Arena Friday evening.

Minnesota took a 2-0 lead off goals from Travis Boyd and Hudson Fasching but BC scored three unanswered goals, two of them by Michael Sit, to lead 3-2 in the just the first period alone. The Gophers got the equalizer in the second from Taylor Cammarata. Kyle Rau had two assists in the game and goalie Adam Wilcox made 31 saves. Game two of this weekend series is at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mariucci Arena.


Win No. 56 in a row was notched by the No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team against Bemidji State Friday. The Golden Gophers shutout the Beavers 4-0 at the Sanford Center. Meghan Lorence scored twice for the U while Rachel Ramsey and Kate Schipper also scored. Ramsey also tallied an assist. Goalie Amanda Leveille had 19 saves as the U outshot BSU 42-19. Both teams play again today at 4:07 p.m. in Bemidji.


Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will start under center on Sunday when the team takes on the Green Bay Packers, head coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Friday. Ponder had missed Minnesota's last three games with a rib injury he sustained in a Sept. 22 loss to the Cleveland Browns. With Ponder on the mend, Matt Cassel started the team's two games before the Vikings brought in quarterback Josh Freeman to start against the New York Giants.Freeman completed 20-of-53 passes for 190 yards with an interception, but sustained a concussion in the Week 7 loss to the Giants and will be inactive on Sunday against the Packers.  With Freeman ruled out for Sunday, Frazier is forced to go back to Ponder, who led the team to three straight losses to open the season while throwing five interceptions compared to just two touchdown passes. Running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (hip) have also been ruled out against Green Bay. Safety Jamarca Sanford (ankle) and defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee) sustained injuries during practice this week and are questionable for Sunday.