Nov. 29, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota men's hockey program and head coach Don Lucia have announced game times for December's Mariucci Classic with the holiday tournament featuring contests at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 29-30. The Gophers will compete in the 7 p.m. contest both nights.
No. 3 Minnesota opens the Mariucci Classic on Saturday, Dec. 29 against Air Force of the Atlantic Hockey Association. 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. Defending national champion and top-ranked Boston College faces Alabama in Huntsville in the tournament's opening matchup at 4 p.m.
The Mariucci Classic schedule follows suit on Sunday with Air Force and Alabama in Huntsville meeting at 4 p.m. before Minnesota and Boston College meet at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last year's NCAA Frozen Four semifinal.
The tournament, which traditionally features a championship game on the second day of competition, will step away from that format this year. 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.
Standing room only seats are still available for this year's Mariucci Classic and can be purchased by visiting MyGopherSports.com or by calling the Gopher ticket office at 1-800-U-Gopher. Tickets can also be purchased at the Mariucci Arena ticket office.
Minnesota returns to action this weekend at Mariucci Arena, hosting Omaha in a pair of WCHA contests.
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