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Gophers, Huskies to meet in Andover for women's Hall of Fame Game this November

For the second consecutive season, the Minnesota Gophers and St. Cloud State Huskies women's hockey teams will meet to raise awareness of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame when they square off at the Andover Community Center in early November.

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Minnesota Gophers star forward Taylor Heise carried the puck while St. Cloud State Huskies defender Kenzie Wylie gave chase during a game at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis from the 2021-22 season.
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ANDOVER, Minn. — The northern Twin Cities suburb of Andover is quickly establishing itself as a hockey powerhouse at the high school level. Now, fans in the home of the Andover Huskies will get an up-close taste of the women’s college game this winter.

The US Hockey Hall of Fame has announced that their annual Face-Off Classic will be played at the Andover Community Center. On the evening of Monday, Nov. 7, two neighborhood WCHA rivals — the Minnesota Gophers and St. Cloud State Huskies — will square off in this annual game designed to raise awareness for the USHHF and showcase women’s hockey.

“We’re thrilled to once again be playing in the Hall of Fame Game and being a part of this special event,” Gophers head coach Brad Frost said in a statement released by the school. “The community of Andover really appreciates their hockey and has done a great job growing girls’ hockey from a grassroots level. Having this game in Andover will be wonderful for us, as well as those who love hockey.”

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It will be the second consecutive season that the Gophers and Huskies will meet in the USHHF game. Minnesota won 5-1 last season in a contest played at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The Gophers will be seeking their third USHHF game trophy in the past four years.

The USHHF , located in Eveleth, Minn., recently celebrated 50 years as the shrine to American hockey on all levels. Additional event details and ticket information for the 2022 USHHF game will be announced in coming weeks.


Jess Myers covers college hockey, as well as outdoors, general sports and travel, for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications. He came to FCC in 2018 after three decades of covering sports as a freelancer for a variety of publications, while working full time in politics and media relations. A native of Warroad, Minn. (the real Hockeytown USA), Myers has a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He lives in the Twin Cities. Contact Jess via email at jrmyers@forumcomm.com, or find him on Twitter via @JessRMyers. English speaker.
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