According to a report in the Grand Forks Herald, the rivalry between North Dakota and Minnesota is going to come back, and soon. The teams are in the process of finalizing a home and home series to start in the 2016 season, with the games to be played in Minneapolis. The series shifts to Grand Forks in the 2017 season.
The last meeting between the two schools left a bitter taste in mouths of fans of the Gophers and North Dakota, as they played to a 4-4 tie back in January.
"North Dakota is back on our schedule in three years when Notre Dame comes off, that's already been decided," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. Lucia's son Mario plays hockey for the Fighting Irish, so the Lucia connection will have to be a worthy "replacement" in place of the big rival for the next three years.
Minnesota opened the 2013-14 season Saturday night with a 5-1 win over Lethbridge at Mariucci Arena.
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