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Parise, Suter to make Wild debuts Saturday

New Minnesota Wild NHL hockey players Ryan Suter, left, and Zach Parise are introduced during a news conference Monday, July 9, 2012 in St. Paul, Minn. The two signed 13-year contracts with the Wild for $98 million. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will make their much-anticipated debuts for the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night in the Xcel Energy Center.

But that's not the toughest hockey ticket in the Twin Cities on that day.

The North Dakota-Minnesota game -- the last time they will play as members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (barring a playoff matchup) and the last time they will play in the regular season for a few years -- is a more expensive item on this week.

Tickets for the UND-Minnesota rivalry game are going anywhere from $85 to $425 per seat.

The game will be played in Mariucci Arena, which seats about 10,000 people. There's also room for standing room only tickets. The only tickets selling for less than $100 are standing room only.

Seats behind the goal that UND shoots at twice are going for $400 or more.

Across town, you can find tickets to the Minnesota Wild's opener and the debut of Parise and Suter for $25 cheaper.

UND and Minnesota usually is a hot ticket, but maybe even moreso this year.

There are no future games scheduled between the teams, which will split into different conferences next season. UND will go to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Minnesota will go into the Big Ten.

It is unlikely that the teams will play in the regular season for three or four years.

Saturday's game also will be part of Hockey Day in Minnesota, a celebration of the sport by FSN North. The station will broadcast a high school game in the afternoon, followed by the UND-Minnesota game and the Wild's opener against the Colorado Avalanche.

Friday's UND-Minnesota game is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Saturday's game is a 5:07 p.m. start.

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