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A battle between the service academies on CBS Sports Network and a trio of WCHA rematches highlight 5 nationally televised college hockey games Saturday night.
Normally during the course of our college hockey coverage we try to bring attention on Twitter to which games are nationally available on television and which are exciting to watch during them. With five different games to choose from Saturday, it makes sense to break each down here as well.
Tonight's games are listed with the Direct TV and Dish Network channels in parenthesis. For cable, check your local listings.
Army at Air Force: CBS Sports Net (Direct TV 613/Dish 158) at 4 p.m. MT (6 ET)
The lone true national game Saturday features a battle of the service academies, which is always interesting to watch. Besides Atlantic Hockey points, this weekend's series is a battle for pride and bragging rights between the two branches which have ice hockey teams. Air Force defeated Army 4-1 last night on the strength of a hat trick by Kyle De Laurell.
Alaska at Michigan: Fox Sports Detroit + (664/TBD) at 7:30 p.m ET
The Nanooks of Alaska took the first game in this two game series 5-4 on the strength of a shorthanded goal by Tyler Morley. It gave Michigan their fourth loss in five games but more importantly for them, Alaska is only 3 points ahead of them in the CCHA. A win ties the Wolverines with Alaska while a loss widens the gap between 7th and 8th.
Alaska-Anchorage at Minnesota: Fox Sports North (668/436) at 7:00 p.m. CT
Last-place Alaska-Anchorage put a scare on the top-ranked Golden Gophers Friday night before Nick Bugstad (Florida Panthers) and Ben Marshall (Detroit Red Wings) scored during a controversial checking from behind major to win. Tonight is a chance for the Seawolves to get their revenge on Minnesota's home ice.
Colorado College at North Dakota: Fox College Sports (626/TBD) at 7:00 p.m. CT
Despite North Dakota sophomore Mark MacMillan (Montreal Canadiens) scoring a top-ten worthy goal early in the third period, Jeff Collett came back to give Colorado College a 4-3 win Friday. It was the Tigers' first win in six weeks, which was also against North Dakota, so it's safe to say UND will have that on their mind in the rematch.
Nebraska-Omaha at Denver: Root Sports Rocky Mountain (683/414) at 7:00 p.m. MT
The Mavericks out-shot Denver 42-22 in Friday's nationally televised game yet it was the Pioneers (fifth in the nation in total offense) who scored 7 goals to defeat their WCHA rivals. Nebraska-Omaha have not been swept in WCHA play so far this season. With a high-powered offense of their own - UNO is second in the nation and feature the nation's leading scorer in Ryan Walters (undrafted) - it's hard to count the Mavericks out.
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