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WCHA playoff preview: Gophers vs. Alaska-Anchorage

The best-of-three series between the Golden Gophers and Alaska-Anchorage begins tonight at Mariucci Arena. Minnesota, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, swept the Seawolves in a pair games back in October. Minnesota outscored Anchorage 8-1 in the two games.
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The best-of-three series between the Golden Gophers and Alaska-Anchorage begins tonight at Mariucci Arena. Minnesota, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, swept the Seawolves in a pair games back in October. Minnesota outscored Anchorage 8-1 in the two games.

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