Minnesota hoping to return the favor to Denver

In a rematch of last yearâÄôs Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five championship game, the top-ranked and unbeaten Minnesota menâÄôs hockey team will travel to Denver this weekend for a two-game series with the No. 10 Pioneers. Denver (6-4-1, 4-3-1 WCHA) had MinnesotaâÄôs number all last season âÄî going 4-0-1 against the Gophers, including the Pioneers 2-1 win in WCHA Final Five finale. And while sometimes players like to forget about previous seasons or at least keep those kinds of thoughts in the back of their minds, Minnesota senior defenseman R.J. Anderson said that isnâÄôt the case this time. âÄúI wouldnâÄôt say itâÄôs in the back of our minds. We brought it up because I think we owe them a little revenge,âÄù Anderson said. âÄúWe only scored five goals against them last year in five games.âÄù Anderson and the Gophers defensemen will have their hands full; dealing with sophomore forward Tyler Bozak. Bozak led the Pioneers in scoring last year with 34 points âÄî nine of which came against Minnesota. The four-time WCHA Rookie of the Week tallied a pair of assists and seven goals, including a hat trick on Nov. 4, 2007, against Minnesota. âÄúI think based on last year heâÄôd like to play 35 games against us. He might have had 50 goals,âÄù Minnesota coach Don Lucia said . âÄúHeâÄôs a really good player. Obviously, we have to be aware of him.âÄù The Friday faceoff is slated for 8:30 p.m., while SaturdayâÄôs finale is scheduled for 8 p.m. Both games are Central Standard Time.