2012 College Hockey schedule: Denver faces No. 2 Minnesota

The Pioneers are looking to stay in the top 10 rankings. Can they best the No. 2 team in the nation this weekend?

The No. 10 Denver Pioneers face another adverse test this weekend as they take on the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers in a two-game series with the regular season coming to a close. Denver split its series with North Dakota last weekend. Now it heads to Minnesota for arguably its toughest matchup of the year.

After besting North Dakota 5-4 in the first game on their series, the Pioneers were crushed this past Saturday 6-1. Denver sits at 16-10-5 overall at this point with only four games remaining before the playoffs. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. CT on Friday and Saturday night.

Air Force will be challenged by a two-game series with No. 14 Niagra. The Falcons split last weekend's series with RIT. Both games with Niagra begin at 7:05 p.m. MT on Friday and Saturday night.

Rounding out the stiff competition, Colorado College faces two games with No. 9 Minnesota State. The Tigers took one of two matchups with No. 7 St. Cloud State a week ago. The two sides have a 7:35 p.m. MT showdown Friday night, and a 7:05 p.m. MT puck drop Saturday.

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