Bulldogs and Gophers face off in WCHA opener

The top-ranked teams in Minnesota men's college hockey face each other Friday and Saturday nights at Amsoil Arena. National champ UMD hosts a Minnesota squad that's optimistic about ending a three-year NCAA tournament drought.
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The top-ranked teams in Minnesota men's college hockey face each other Friday and Saturday nights at Amsoil Arena. National champ UMD hosts a Minnesota squad that's optimistic about ending a three-year NCAA tournament drought.

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