In this part of the country, children learn how to skate on frozen ponds and lakes. From the earliest of ages, hockey is ingrained the sport of choice. If there were such a thing, hockey would probably be dubbed the state sport in both Minnesota and North Dakota.
Fitting then, that two universities representing each state play in a heated rivalry known as the "Border War."
The two schools met in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on January 14. The result was a 3-2 Gophers win, rare for an unranked Gophers team that had previously won just four out of its previous 18 matchups against the No. 4/No. 3 (USCHO.com/Inside College Hockey) Fighting Sioux.
While this Irish fan had no vested in the outcome of the battle, I was pleasantly surprised with the impressive time-lapse video of the event that follows. Even if you aren't a hockey fan, you will appreciate the footage.
Experience a hockey tradition at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, a truly elegant and as remarkable a venue as exists in sports, college or professional.