The hockey Gophers are back on the ice Friday night in the Mariucci Classic. After a 20-day layoff, they play Niagra to open the weekend tournament -- which also features Northeastern and Princeton. The Gophers will skate without stars Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau, who are playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championships.
Bjugstad, Rau, invited to U.S. junior team pre-tournament camp
Gophers forwards Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau have been invited to the U.S. team pre-tournament camp for the World Junior Championships. If they make the team they’ll play for the World Junior title starting the day after Christmas.