Matchups Set for Mariucci Classic

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2012-13 Schedule

Matchups for this year's Dec. 29-30 Mariucci Classic have been set.

The tournament, which traditionally features a championship game on the second day of competition, will step away from that format this year.

Defending national champion Boston College will face 2012 NCAA Frozen Four host Alabama in Huntsville in the early game on Saturday, Dec. 29. The Gophers will then face Air Force in the night game. That game will feature a father-son matchup, as Minnesota junior forward Tom Serratore will face his father, Frank, who is the head coach at Air Force.

On Sunday, Dec. 30, Air Force will then face Alabama in Huntsville in the afternoon game, while Minnesota will close this year's Mariucci Classic with a 2012 Frozen Four rematch against Boston College. The Eagles won that game 6-1 in Tampa, Fla.

Since all four matchups are predetermined, the tournament champion will be the team with the best overall record. In the event of teams having an identical record the first tiebreaker will be goal differential. The second tiebreaker is the fewest amount of goals allowed.

This is not the first time that this tournament format will be used for the Mariucci Classic, as the 2010 edition featured the same setup. That year, the format was used to avoid having WCHA members Minnesota and Bemidji State facing each other.

The Gophers are seeking their first Mariucci Classic championship since 2008. Northern Michigan won the tournament in 2009, while Bemidji State won in 2010 and Northeastern claimed victory in 2011.

Start times for individual games for this year's tournament will be announced in the future.

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