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Gophers Hockey: Minnesota vs. North Dakota Friday (1/18/13) line combinations

Minnesota's leading scorer Erik Haula returns to the lineup after missing 3 games with an upper body injury. North Dakota, meanwhile, gets back Derek Rodwell. Tonight's game begins at 7 p.m. CT and airs on Fox Sports North.

University of Minnesota forward Erik Haula
University of Minnesota forward Erik Haula
Minnesota Athletics

Minnesota head coach Don Lucia stated after Saturday's 7-1 win over Alaska-Anchorage that assistant captain Erik Haula (Minnesota Wild) would be a game-time decision for this weekend's series against North Dakota; the final one in the forseeable future.

Turns out that game-time decision is "in."

Haula, who leads the Gophers with 26 points (9G-17A), returns following a 3 games absence with an "upper body injury." Instead of playing as a second line center, however, he is playing on the top line as the left wing; moving Kyle Rau (Florida Panthers) to the right. It's a move that limits the number of face-offs Haula would have to take and keeps Nate Condon (Colorado Avalanche) in the middle with Sam Warning and Zach Budish (Nashville Predators)

North Dakota, meanwhile, has junior Derek Rodwell in the lineup for the first time since December 15th against Michigan Tech. He's on the fourth line with Connor Gaarder and Dan Senkbeil. At the same time, UND leading scorers Corban Knight (Panthers) and Danny Kristo (Montreal Canadiens) are on a line together.

Goalies are currently unknown although betting odds are that Adam Wilcox (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Clarke Saunders get the start for Minnesota and UND, respectively. Both led their teams out for warmups.

University of Minnesota Golden Gophers


Erik Haula (#19) - Nick Bjugstad (#27) - Kyle Rau (#7)

Sam Warning (#11) - Nate Condon (#16) - Zach Budish (#24)

Tom Serratore (#14) - Travis Boyd (#22) - Justin Holl (#12)

Jake Parenteau (#6) - Christian Isackson (#26) - Seth Ambroz(#17)


Seth Helgeson (#4) - Ben Marshall (#10)

Mike Reilly (#5) - Mark Alt (#20)

Brady Skjei (#2) - Nate Schmidt (#29)


Adam Wilcox (#32)

Michael Shibrowski (#1)

Ryan Coyne (#31)

University of North Dakota


Mitch MacMillan (#25) - Corban Knight (#10) - Danny Kristo (#7)

Mark MacMillan (#16) - Carter Rowney (#27) - Michael Parks (#15)

Drake Caggiula (#9) - Stephane Pattyn (#28) - Rocco Grimaldi (#19)

Dan Senkbeil (#8) - Connor Gaarder (#13) - Derek Rodwell (#11)


Andrew MacWilliam (#2) - Nick Mattson (#5)

Dillon Simpson (#18) - Joe Gleason (#20)

Derek Forbort (#4) - Jordan Schmaltz (#24)


Clarke Saunders (#33)

Zane Gothberg (#31)

Tonight's game begins at 7:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Fox Sports North

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