Wednesday, January 21, 2015

No shootout in North Star Cup

Last year's inaugural North Star College Cup was won by Minnesota, which beat Minnesota Duluth in a shootout following a 2-2 tie.

This year's champion will not be decided in gimmick fashion.

According to information sent out on the tournament this week, if the championship game again goes to overtime, teams will play 20-minute overtimes until a winner is decided, just like postseason play.

Friday's semifinals and Saturday's consolation game will use a best-of-three shootout following a 5-minute overtime.

The North Star College Cup features Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State at 4 p.m. Friday and Minnesota State and Minnesota at 7 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The losing teams will play at 4 p.m. Saturday and the winners will play for the title at 7 p.m.

For ticket information go here.

I've been asked several times about fans' ability to leave and return during each session. According to information put out this week, re-entry will be permitted at select gates. Patrons will have hands stamped upon exit and must have a valid ticket and hand stamp to return to the arena.

For those watching on TV, Friday's semifinals will be broadcast live on FSN-Plus, and Saturday's games will air on FSN's main channel.

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