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After several days of dangerous wind chills, Minnesota high school hockey fans will have an opportunity to see high school teams play outside.

On Saturday, January 11. the High School Hockey Faceoff will take place at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. Four boys games and one girls game will take place on the specially constructed rink that will also be used for the Gopher hockey teams on January 17. Here's a preview of Saturday's festivities.

The lone girls game will open up the day's action at 10 AM when the three time Class AA champion Minnetonka Skippers take on their Lake Conference rivals the Eden Prairie Eagles. The Skippers are coming off a defeat on Tuesday to the top ranked Hopkins Royals. The game will be a rematch of the December 27 game where the Eagles beat the Skippers 1-0. It will also be an opportunity for Minnetonka's Sydney Baldwin to get a taste of campus before she laces up her skates at Ridder Arena next season.

Minnetonka fans won't have to leave their seats for the second game since the boys team will face the seventh ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights at 12:30. Both teams are in the usually tough Section 6AA so this could be a preview of a possible late February meeting.

In the day's third game, the Lakeville South Cougars will battle the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars. Both teams are in the middle of the South Suburban Conference standings. The Jaguars have taken a tumble, losing five straight games. Will it be a great game in the great outdoors?

The 5:30 PM game will pit a couple of Suburban East Conference teams, the White Bear Lake Bears and the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders. The Bears look to get back on track after ended their four game winning streak with a loss to the top ranked Edina Hornets.

A key South Suburban Conference match up will wrap up the day's festivities at 8 PM with the Eagan Wildcats facing the Eastview Lightning. The Lightning are striking toward the top of the conference standings on a six game winning streak. The Wildcats are 4-1-1 in their last six, losing to Lakeville North on January 7. This could be a preview of the Section 3AA final.

If you plan on coming to "The Bank", you don't need to worry about frostbite. The temperature is expected to be in the low 30s.

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