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Brad Elliott Schlossman, Forum News Service, Published September 04 2013

Denver has new ticket policy for hockey series against North Dakota

GRAND FORKS - The University of Denver is trying to make some money on the University of North Dakota men’s hockey fans — or keep them out of Magness Arena this season.

When single-game tickets go on sale Friday morning for UND’s road series at Denver, the Pioneers will require that fans buy tickets to two other selected Pioneer games if they want to go to a UND-DU game. The website doesn’t currently list which other games will be part of the three-game pack, but it won’t be a second UND-DU game.

For fans who don’t want to purchase sets of three, there are two other options.

The first is getting them through the UND Alumni Association, which has a number of tickets for that series.

The other option is for fans would to get group tickets, which can be purchased by groups of 20 or more.

The new single-game ticket policy comes after several years of UND’s fan base — and its large alumni base in Colorado — virtually turning that series into a home game for UND.

Before last year’s series, Denver captain Paul Phillips explained the UND fan factor to U.S. College Hockey Online.

“As crazy as it sounds, even though it’s a home game for us, it’s kind of like a home game for them,” Phillips said. “They bring so many fans with them and their fans are so loud. It’s real important that we can’t let their fans get into the game. We have to throw the first punch.”

Minnesota announces outdoor game

The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday that it will host a pair of outdoor games on Jan. 17 at TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Gopher football team.

The Minnesota women will take on Minnesota State-Mankato at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Gopher men taking on Ohio State at 8 p.m.

The event is being tabbed the 2014 College Hockey Classic.

Minnesota played in an outdoor game last year against the University of Wisconsin at Chicago’s Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Bears.

Briefly

Grand Forks Central and UND graduate Nick Fuher has been hired as an assistant coach for the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. . . Minnesota freshman forward Gabe Guertler has been suspended for at least the first month of the season following a DWI arrest over the weekend. . . Former UND goalie Tate Maris has been invited to training camp with the St. Charles (Mo.) Chill of the Central Hockey League.