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The hotel room phones rang at 9 a.m. for a wake-up call, which was followed by a team breakfast 15 minutes later. After breakfast it was back on the bus for a quick ride to the rink.
The team hit the ice at 10:15 a.m. for a morning skate, which lasted around 25 minutes. After skate, Don Lucia did a radio interview with Judd and Phun on ESPN 1500 back in the Twin Cities while the team showered. Then it was time to head back to the hotel for about two hours of free time. The team then met at 1 p.m. to go over video and had a team pre-game meal after the brief session. Almost all hockey pre-game meals are the same and feature chicken, pasta, and everything else you would expect.
The team then headed back to their rooms after the meal where most players took a pregame nap in preparation of tonight's big game. The equipment staff is heading to the rink at 4 p.m. to sharpen skates and make sure the dressing room is all set up for when the team arrives. The players will arrive slightly after 5:30 p.m.
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Jan. 12 - 5:22 p.m.
The Gophers had a 9 a.m. practice today at Ridder Arena and were on the ice for about 90 minutes. The team then showered, packed and loaded the bus, which pulled out of the Mariucci Arena loading dock at 11 a.m.
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The team watched two movies - 30 Minutes or Less and Moneyball - before the bus rolled into Ralph Englestad Arena at 3:53 p.m. After quickly unloading the bus the Gophers hung up their gear in the spacious visiting dressing room. Equipment manager Lee Greseth turned on the fans in the room to help dry the still-wet gear from practice. There were a few photographers inside the arena waiting for the team to arrive and snapped some pictures of the guys walking off the bus (the Gophers are a big deal here).
The team then hopped back on the bus and headed to the hotel where it was 1 degree Fahrenheit and -18 with the wind chill upon check-in. The players had two hours to settle into their rooms and relax before a team dinner at 6:30 p.m. The players are on their own after dinner. The team will gather with a 9:15 a.m. team breakfast on Friday morning and then head to the rink for a 9:45 a.m. morning skate.