Matchups Announced



August 2, 2023

PRINCETON, N.J. – The matchups are set for the 2023 Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off (@HolidayFaceoff) which will take place December 28 – 29, 2023 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The third annual Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off will begin with the semifinal round on Thursday, December 28 when Wisconsin takes on Air Force, and Minnesota Duluth squares off against Northeastern.

The Semifinal winners will meet for the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off title game on Friday, December 29, preceded by the consolation match.

Tickets for the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off are currently on sale. Both single-day and two-day packages are available for purchase at

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              Semifinal Doubleheader                                         Championship Doubleheader

 Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, Wisconsin                      Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 December 28 – 4:00 p.m. (CT)                                    December 29 – 4:00 p.m. (CT)

Minnesota Duluth vs. Northeastern                                       Consolation Game

 Wisconsin vs. Air Force                                                  Championship Game

All games will air on Bally Sports.


Wisconsin Head Coach: Mike Hastings, Big Ten

The Badgers, who won the inaugural event in 2021 and advanced to the title game in 2022, are led by new head coach Mike Hastings. Hastings spent eleven seasons as the head coach of Minnesota State posting a 299-109-25 record and two Frozen Four appearances. The Badgers have 26 NCAA Tournament appearances and six National Championships on their resume.


Air Force Head Coach: Frank Serratore, AHA

In 26 years at the Air Force Academy, Frank Serratore has led the Falcons to 438 wins, one of only seven active coaches with over 400 career wins. He has also guided the Falcons to seven conference championships and seven NCAA Tournament appearances – the only NCAA trips in Academy history.


Minnesota Duluth Head Coach: Scott Sandelin, NCHC

In 23 seasons behind the Bulldogs bench, head coach Scott Sandelin has led the Bulldogs to over 440 wins and three National Championships, including back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019. The Bulldogs have been to 15 NCAA Tournaments.


Northeastern Head Coach: Jerry Keefe, Hockey East

Northeastern is under the direction of third year head coach Jerry Keefe, who was the 2021-2022 Hockey East Coach of the Year for guiding the Huskies to a 25-13-1 mark and earning the program’s first-ever regular season title. The Huskies are coming off a 17-13-5 campaign in 2022-2023. Northeastern has been to the NCAA Tournament eight times.


Last year, Clarkson won the 2022 Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off after defeating UMass 6-3 in the semifinal and Wisconsin 3-1 in the championship game.


About Kwik Trip
Kwik Trip is a family-owned company founded in 1965. Kwik Trip operates 775 stores and employs 31,000 co-workers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. The stores receive daily deliveries of fresh baked goods, dairy products, soups, salads, fruit, produce, sandwiches and sell grocery products, general merchandise, gasoline, and related petroleum products. The company operates its own bakery, dairy, water bottling line, kitchens, food safety lab, distribution center, ice plant, LP plant, blow mold facility, transportation company and health clinics. Kwik Trip makes, ships, and sells 80 percent of its own branded products and serves over 9 million guests per week. The C-store chain consistently ranks as a Top Workplace in each of its market areas. For more information, visit


About the Gazelle Group

The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally recognized college sports events, such as the Empire Classic, Legends Classic, Gotham Classic, Sunshine Slam, College Basketball Invitational, Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off, Barstool Sports Invitational, Holiday Hoopfest, Jersey Jam as well as on-campus events at Duke, Kentucky, Nebraska, and other institutions across the country. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit and follow us on Twitter @Gazelle_Events.


About Fiserv Forum
Fiserv Forum is a preeminent sports and entertainment arena in downtown Milwaukee that opened on Aug. 26, 2018. Designed by Populous, Epstein Uren Architects and HNTB, the venue offers incomparable sightlines, customer service, technology and amenities. Fiserv Forum includes 17,341 seats for basketball, 15,178 for hockey and up to 18,000 for concerts, with 34 luxury suites and three clubs. The world-class arena is home to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University’s men’s basketball team and also hosts a diverse variety of year-round events, including major concerts, family shows and other sports and entertainment events. Fiserv Forum is the anchor of the surrounding 30-acre Deer District neighborhood, which is Milwaukee’s premier location for people to live, work and play. In 2021, Fiserv Forum was awarded LEED Gold Certification for sustainability performance. Founding Partners for Fiserv Forum include Fiserv, BMO Harris Bank, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls, Miller Brewing Company and Motorola. For more information, please visit Fiserv Forum. 

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