2013 college hockey schedule: WCHA Tournament begins

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Five conference tournaments will be on display Friday night. Let's look at some of the more notable games on the schedule.

The Western College Hockey Association tournament is set to begin, with several of the nation's top teams hitting the ice Friday evening. Second-ranked Minnesota headlines the group, as the Golden Gophers take on the Bemidji State Beavers.

Minnesota has been No. 2 nationally behind top-ranked Quinnipiac for weeks now, but the Golden Gophers continue to receive a fair share of first-place votes. With a 12-1-1 all-time record against Bemidji State, Minnesota looks like it won't have a problem in the opening round. The Golden Gophers have won five straight over the Beavers. Their first matchup is set for 7:05 p.m. CT.

No. 4 North Dakota vs. Michigan Tech, No. 8 St. Cloud State vs. Alaska-Anchorage, No. 10 Minnesota State vs. Nebraska-Omaha, No. 11 Denver vs. Colorado College, and No. 14 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota-Duluth round out the rest of the opening round for the WCHA. There won't be an easy road to the title for any team in this division.

Quinnipiac takes on Cornell in the quarterfinals of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. No. 3 Miami faces Michigan State in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament quarterfinals. Rounding out the top five, Boston College plays Vermont in the Hockey East tournament, which will be aired on NBC.

More from SB Nation:

Bracketology: Selection Sunday week is here

Gods fall down: Senegalese wrestling longform

NFL free agent grades: The most regrettable deals signed so far

NFL mock draft: Changes on the eve of free agency

SB Nation baseball cards: Bad players and dead animals

Minor League Ball's top 150 prospects for 2013

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.