Minnesota head coach Don Lucia has his team sitting at 18-4-4 through 20 weeks of the regular season schedule, sitting atop the rankings with 30 first-place votes. When Friday night arrives, the Golden Gophers will be faced with yet another tough task to remain in their current No. 1 spot.
The eighth-ranked St. Cloud State Huskies are unbeaten in WCHA play. They haven't lost a game since Jan. 5. That winning streak will be in jeopardy when Minnesota comes to town this weekend. Two games lie ahead for the Huskies to prove their skill against the nation's top team.
After splitting their last series against Minnesota Duluth, the Golden Gophers hit the road looking to regain their winning form. Minnesota is 1-1-1 over the last three game. The puck drops in St. Cloud at 8:35 p.m. ET.
No. 3 Miami at No. 6 Western Michigan, 7:05 p.m. ET
The Redhawks have won five straight games, most recently outscoring Alaska 10-3 in a two-game series. The Broncos battled Ferris State to a tie last Saturday, with the Bulldogs gaining an extra point by winning the shootout 2-1. Both teams sit with the same record (17-6-5) heading into Friday night.
No. 7 North Dakota at No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha, 7:35 p.m. ET
Nebraska-Omaha sits well below North Dakota in overall points, but the Mavericks hold a few notable victories on their schedule this season. UND is just 2-3-3 since the Subway Holiday Classic.
Here's the rest of the schedule for Friday night.
No. 16 Massachusetts-Lowell at No. 5 Boston College, 7:00 ET
No. 20 Merrimack at No. 13 Boston University, 7:30 ET
American International at Army Tate Rink, 7:05 p.m. ET
Connecticut at Bentley, 7:05 p.m. ET
Sacred Heart at Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m. ET
Air Force at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m. ET
RIT at Robert Morris, 7:05 p.m. ET
Michigan State at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m. ET
Michigan at No. 11 Notre Dame, 7:35 p.m. ET
Ferris State at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. ET
Ohio State at Alaska, 7:05 p.m. AT
Union at Clarkson, 7:05 p.m. ET
Princeton at Colgate, 7:00 p.m. ET
No. 2 Quinnipiac at Cornell, 7:00 p.m. ET
Rensselaer at St. Lawrence, 7:00 p.m. ET
No. 4 New Hampshire at Providence, 7:00 p.m. ET
Northeastern at Massachusetts, 7:00 p.m. ET
Colorado College at No. 9 Denver, 9:35 p.m. ET
Alaska-Anchorage at Michigan Tech, 7:35 p.m. ET
Bemidji State at No. 19 Wisconsin, 8:05 p.m. ET
No. 11 Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth, 8:05 p.m. ET
Alabama-Huntsville at Penn State, 7:30 p.m. ET