2012 College Hockey schedule: Top 5 teams in action Friday night

J. Meric

Each of the top five teams in the nation takes the ice Friday night, with Minnesota and North Dakota looking to stay undefeated while the national champions in No. 3 Boston College try to bounce back from a loss to Northeastern.

Each of the top four teams in the country plays Friday night in a schedule that features plenty of elite competition, including two matchups between top 15 teams.

No. 1 Minnesota plays with the top ranking for the first time on the season, as they head to the Upper Peninsula for a game against Michigan Tech. The Golden Gophers have won their first three games, including an exhibition, by a combined score of 19-2, but are looking to get off on the right foot in WCHA action. They'll play the Huskies tonight and Saturday.

The No. 2 team in the country, North Dakota, is one of four partaking in the Alaska Goal Rush, pitting them against Alaska-Anchorage in their first game of the season after a pair of exhibitions. The unranked Seawolves are coming off a tie against Air Force.

Boston College's title defense didn't get off to the best start, as the No. 3 Eagles lost their top ranking after a season-opening loss to Northeastern. The Huskies, now ranked No. 14, beat a No. 1-ranked Eagles team for the third time in five years 3-1 last Saturday. BC will try to get back on track as they head down the road to UMass.

To round out the top 5, the No. 4 Miami Redhawks host Providence for a pair of games, which should be wins against the 1-1 Friars and the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines host Bentley two games after opening the season with a loss to RIT.

Elsewhere, a pair of games featuring ranked teams highlight Friday night. No. 7 Denver opens their season with a home game against No. 10 UMass Lowell.The River Hawks looked shaky in their opener, tying Vermont 1-1 in a Hockey East matchup, while Denver tied British Columbia 2-2 in an exhibition game. No. 12 Minnesota-Duluth takes on No. 9 Notre Dame a night after beating the Fighting Irish 3-1.

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