North Star College Cup: Minnesota State vs. Minnesota-Duluth line combinations

UMD senior goalie Aaron Crandall is in net Friday afternoon - Matt Christians - SB Nation

Line combinations for the North Star College Cup opener.

Greetings from the Xcel Energy Center where four teams will duke it out over two days to be crowned the best in Minnesota.

First up is Minnesota State and Minnesota-Duluth at 4 p.m.CT. The Mavericks will be without both Zach Stepan (Nashville Predators draft pick) and Teddy Blueger (Pittsburgh Penguins) after the two were given fighting majors in last Saturday's win over Ferris State.

Minnesota State sophomore defenseman Blake Thompson, a transfer from Minnesota, is in the lineup as a forward.

Minnesota-Duluth has senior goalie Aaron Crandall in net while the Mavericks have freshman Cole Huggins.

Full line combinations are below.

Minnesota State Mavericks

Forwards

Bryce Gervais (#9) - Matt Leitner (#18) - Zach Lehrke (#19)

Chase Grant (#21) - Dylan Margonari (#26) - Johnny McInnis (#22)

Brett Knowles (#24) - J.P. Lafontaine (#12) - Max Gaede (#8)

Michael Hunterbrinker (#17) - Jordan Nelson (#16) - Blake Thompson (#3)

Defense

Jon Jutzi (#28) - Josh Nelson (#2)

Zach Palmquist (#7) - Carter Foguth (#5)

Brett Stern (#27) - Casey Nelson (#6)

Goaltenders (bold indicates starter)

Cole Huggins (#34)

Stephon Williams (#35)

University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

Forwards

Kyle Osterberg (#8) - Tony Cameranesi (#13) - Justin Crandall (#25)

Austin Farley (#11) - Caleb Herbert (#21) - Joe Basaraba (#18)

Alex Iafallo (#14) - Dominic Toninato (#17) - Adam Krause (#26)

Max Tardy (#19) - Cal Decowski (#27) - Sammy Spurrell (#28)

Defense

Carson Soucy (#4) - Andy Welinski (#7)

Derik Johnson (#6) - Willie Raskob (#15)

Willie Corin (#5) - Dan Molenaar (#3)

Goaltenders

Aaron Crandall (#1)

Matt McNeely (#36)

Today's game (and all four games) will be broadcast on Fox Sports North.

Follow Nate Wells (@gopherstate), Chris Dilks (@chrisdilks) and Matt Christians (@matt_christians) for live updates from the Xcel Energy Center.

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