On November 5th and 6th, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will face off against the Wisconsin Badgers at Mariucci Arena. Wisconsin finished runner-ups last season as they lost to Boston College in the National Championship. They will enter the season with high expectations, as will the hometown team. This is an important season for the Minnesota Gophers, as they attempt to get the program steered back in the right direction after missing the last 2 NCAA Tournaments. As always, Minnesota has highly anticipated recruiting class coming in. Mark Alt, Nick Bjugstad, Nate Condon, Erik Haula, Nate Schmidt, and possibly Seth Ambroz and Max Gardiner (might come in next year) headline another strong class for the Minnesota Gophers. The Border Battle always makes for a great atmosphere at Mariucci with both fans passionate about their programs. The games are filled with intensity, big hits, quick skating, and hard slap spots. The Minnesota Gophers will be depending on captains Jay Barriball, Mike Hoeffel, and Alex Kangas for a sweep of the Badgers.