A week after its 14 game unbeaten streak, the longest since 22 games in 2006-2007 and tied for the third-longest in school history, ended in Madison (with the exact same score and venue that snapped the 06-07 streak), the University of Minnesota looks to keep a hold of the Big Ten lead in a two-game series against Michigan (14-7-3, 6-3-1-1 Big Ten) at Mariucci Arena.
The Gophers remain four points ahead of second-place Wisconsin after the Badgers became the first team in almost two years to sweep Minnesota.
Still, the team believes it's good to have that chip on its shoulder. This weekend isn't easy by any stretch. Minnesota (19-2-5, 8-2-2-0 Big Ten) gets back against a Wolverines squad which, while looking to rebound after being shut out against Penn State, is third in the Big Ten standings.
"I think so," said Minnesota defenseman Justin Holl. "Coach talked to us after the game (last Friday) and said this isn't necessarily the worst thing ever and we'll get better from it. I think we feel that way too so it could be a good wake-up call. I think we definitely can get better from it."
The Gophers do get back senior forward Tom Serratore in the lineup after he missed the last two weeks with a lower body injury. His presence reunites Minnesota's third line with Seth Ambroz (Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick) and Travis Boyd (Washington Capitals).
It's a look that the Gophers, currently second in the Pairwise, hope translates to offensive production. Despite getting quality chances, the team has only scored five goals in its last four games.
Steve Racine, who came in relief Saturday of Zach Nagelvoort and only allowed one goal, is listed as Michigan's goalie. Adam Wilcox (Tampa Bay Lightning) is in net for the Gophers. It's the first time the two schools play one another since Thanksgiving weekend 2010.
University of Minnesota Golden Gophers
Sam Warning (#11) - Kyle Rau (#7) - Hudson Fasching (#24)
Nate Condon (#16) - Justin Kloos (#25) - Taylor Cammarata (#13)
Tom Serratore (#14) - Travis Boyd (#22) - Seth Ambroz (#17)
Connor Reilly (#21) - Gabe Guertler (#27) - Vinni Lettieri (#19)
Mike Reilly (#5) - Jake Parenteau (#6)
Jake Bischoff (#28) - Ben Marshall (#10)
Adam Wilcox (#32)
Michael Shibrowski (#1)
University of Michigan Wolverines
Phil Di Giuseppe (#7) - J.T. Compher (#17) - Derek DeBlois (#19)
Tyelr Motte (#14) - Andrew Copp (#18) - Alex Kile (#23)
Max Shuart (#25) - Travis Lynch (#20) - Justin Selman (#10)
Michael Downing (#5) - Mac Bennett (#37)
Kevin Clare (#4) - Andrew Sinelli (#22)
Steve Racine (#1)
Zach Nagelvoort (#35)
Adam Janecyk (#30)
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Tonight's game begins at 8:04 p.m. CT and airs on BTN. All-time Gopher great John Mayasich will be honored as part of the team's Olympic coverage.