MINNEAPOLIS – The top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey team defeated RPI 6-2 to claim third place at the Mariucci Classic at Mariucci Arena Saturday night.

The Gophers put forth a 44-shot effort and used a three-goal second period to propel them to their first victory of the 2014 calendar year.

Junior Travis Boyd led the way for Minnesota with three points and fellow third-year forward Kyle Rau potted two goals, including the game-winner.

The Gophers will resume action next weekend when they continue conference play with a road series against Penn State. It will be Minnesota's first-ever series against the Nittany Lions.