Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last six years. He learned ice hockey, however, long before — during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (his hometown). He got a close up look of legendary Gophers alum Herb Brooks and other Minnesota hockey greats. Jason is nearing two years with the Star Tribune.

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Gophers hockey climbs in polls, announces Mariucci Classic matchups + VIDEO

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: October 14, 2013 - 6:16 PM

Two days after winning the season-opening Ice Breaker Tournament, the Gophers announced the field for its annual Mariucci Classic.

The Jan. 3-4 holiday tournament will feature the host Gophers, Ferris State, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Colgate.

RPI and Ferris State will open the event at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, followed by the Gophers and Colgate at 7 p.m. The winners and losers of the opening games will face off on Saturday. 

The Gophers have an overall record of 18-3-1 against the participants. Tickets are on sale now. 

• The Gophers climbed two spots to No. 3 in the most recent college hockey polls of USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO. They even received two first-place votes in the USCHO poll.

Three Big Ten members are ranked in the top five. Wisconsin is ranked No. 2. Michigan jumped five spots to No. 5 after wins over ranked Boston College and RIT.

• Junior forward Seth Ambroz recaps some highlights from the pair of wins over the weekend:

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