(Minneapolis, MN)  —  Coach Tony Granato’s Wisconsin men’s hockey team plays at Minnesota in a Big Ten Conference road series.  The Border Battle begins Friday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci at 7:00 pm.  Wisconsin brings a 9-6-2 record into the contest.  The Gophers are an almost identical 9-6-1.  Wisconsin should get an idea of where it stands this month.  The Badgers have a big challenge this weekend at Minnesota against the pre-season favorite Gophers, then they host first place Notre Dame.  The Fighting Irish just swept the Golden Gophers in a series.