Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hockey Game of the Week

Just a quick post to make you all aware that if you are starved for some hockey since the NHL has yet to get underway and are suffering from withdrawals after being deprived of hockey all season and then gorging yourselves on the 2013 World Junior Championships, the Third String Goalie Game of the Week, is the unusual Tuesday night matchup of the #1 ranked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers of the WCHA hosting the #2 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish of the CCHA.

Not only is this an usual mid-week matchup, but a rare chance to see the #1 and #2 teams square off during the regular season, in what may be a Frozen Four preview.

Minnesota is coming off a shocking, dominating win over the previous #1 ranked team, the Boston College Eagles of Hockey East, whom they demolished 8-1 on December 30th during the recent Mariucci Classic.

Norte Dame comes into Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis with a 14-4-0 record, but only 4-3 in non-conference games. The Fighting Irish are currently on a six game winning streak, but have not played since December 15th.

The host Golden Gophers are currently 13-3-3 with a perfect 7-0 non-conference record. Minnesota is unbeaten in their last five games at 4-0-1.

Of interest tonight, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia will be in the usual position of coaching against his son Mario Lucia, as well as his alma mater Notre Dame, having graduated from there in 1981.

The game is at 7:00 Central time on Fox Sports North Plus, which you can hopefully locate on your cable or satellite system.

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