Hockey Gophers, Badgers clash at Mariucci in weekend border battle

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A border battle is brewing at Mariucci Arena this weekend. The Gophers and Badgers renew their hockey rivalry with a two-game set Friday and Saturday night.

Minnesota, No. 3 in the nation, are 6-2-1 through the first nine games of the season. Wisconsin, 1-4-1 so far, aren't anywhere closed to being ranked.

Nevertheless, the Daily Gopher blog says Minnesota fans shouldn't count on four easy points this weekend.

Game 1 starts at 7:07 p.m. on Fox Sports North. Game 2 starts at 8:07 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

When these two teams lock up next in mid-February, one of the games will be outdoors at Soldier Field as part of a college hockey double-header with Notre Dame and Miami of Ohio.

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