MIAC teams St. John’s, Augsburg will play each other as part of Hockey Day Minnesota – The Rink Live

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — Two MIAC men’s hockey teams will play each other as part of the 2023 Hockey Day Minnesota event.

St. John’s University will play Augsburg University at 5:45 pm Friday, Jan. 27, at Polar Lakes Park in White Bear Township. It will be the first MIAC game to be held as part of Hockey Day Minnesota and the second to feature NCAA Division III teams. St. Thomas played Wisconsin-South in 2017 at Xcel Energy Centerl.

Hockey Day Minnesota was established in 2007.

“The games between Augsburg and St. John’s are always fast, skilled and physical,” Augsburg head coach Greg May said in a news release. “The rivalry has been magnified the last handful of years as we have played in a couple of epic overtime games in the finals of the MIAC playoffs.

“Having the opportunity to showcase not only our rivalry, but Division III — and specifically the MIAC — as part of Hockey Day Minnesota is an honor.”

Augsburg has won 11 MIAC regular season titles and five conference playoff titles. Augsburg was 14-2-0 in the MIAC, 25-5-0 overall and reached the Division III playoffs for the fifth time in seven years.

St. John’s has won nine MIAC regular season titles, including five since 2002-03, and five MIAC playoff titles. St. John’s has competed in the Division III tournament six times and were 9-4-1 in the MIAC and 17-8-2 overall last season.

“I have been trying to get involved with the Hockey Day Minnesota festivities for years and I am very excited that we will be part of the event this year,” said St. John’s head coach is Doug Schueller, a White Bear Lake High School graduate. “This will be a great event for not only SJU and Augsburg, but also to promote and bring awareness to MIAC hockey. We want to show the State of Hockey that the MIAC and NCAA Division III hockey is entertaining and a great option for hockey fans around the state.”

While the first game of their MIAC series will be played on Friday in White Bear Township, the second game will be played at 7 pm Jan. 28 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. Both games will be available on their respective school’s athletic websites. Augsburg will have the Friday game at athletics.augsburg.edu and St. John’s will have the Saturday game at gojohnnies.com.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, there will be three high school games at Polar Lakes Park: Stillwater vs. White Bear Lake girls at 9:30 am; Hermantown vs. Mahtomedi boys at 1 pm and Hill-Murray vs. White Bear Lake boys at 4:30 pm

The last game of the day will be the Minnesota Wild vs. the Buffalo Sabers at 8 pm at Xcel Energy Center.

For more information on 2023 Hockey Day Minnesota, visit https://hockeydaymn.com.


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