For diehard fans, the Gophers-North Dakota men's hockey games Friday and Saturday night are the ultimate event. But this old school rivalry being renewed is going to be difficult to watch if you live in or near the Twin Cities.
"The Big Ten owns broadcast rights to all conference games and all Gophers games at 3M Arena at Mariucci, however host institutions control broadcast rights for all nonconference road games. Midco Sports Network will broadcast both of this weekend's games as television partners of the University of North Dakota although the network does not provide coverage in the Twin Cities at this time."
That means most Minnesotans won't be able to watch the game unless they stream it from a computer via a paid subscription to NCHC.tv, which will run you $29.95 a month or $109.95 for a year.
A UND day pass costs $15.95, which is probably your best option unless you plan on watching other NCHC games.
Friday's game starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's game is at 7 p.m.
If you don't want to stream the game on your laptop, you can check out one of the viewing parties at both Joe Sensor's locations (Bloomington and Roseville).
According to the Star Tribune, Fox Sports North's request to broadcast the series was denied, thus leaving Minnesota fans in the dark.
The intense hockey rivalry might be fading for some, but for the diehard fans, it's still as good as it gets.
"It's kind of one of those magical college sports environments," a UND arena worker told the Fargo Forum. "It's Duke and Carolina in basketball, Ohio State and Michigan in football — North Dakota and Minnesota hockey, it's that."