Minnesota (9-1-1, 0-0-0 Big Ten) and Minnesota-Duluth (5-5-1, 2-2-0 NCHC) had an extra day to let Friday's 6-1 Gophers win sink in a bit before the second game of a non-conference series at Mariucci Arena. Both teams are making the most of that day off by making a few changes in the lineup.
The Gophers are keeping both freshmen defensemen - Jake Bischoff (New York Islanders) and Michael Brodzinski (San Jose Sharks) in the lineup for an entire series for the first time this season. Instead, Justin Holl (Chicago Blackhawks) will sit. Holl played Friday while Jake Parenteau, in today, was the odd man out on the blue line.
On the fourth line, Gophers head coach Don Lucia has switched out Gabe Guertler and A.J. Michaelson for Connor Reilly and Christian Isackson (Buffalo Sabres).
Minnesota-Duluth is making three changes and all of them are on defense, which makes sense given the Bulldogs gave up six goals to Minnesota on Friday. Freshmen defensmen Carson Soucy (Minnesota Wild) and Dan Molenaar both start on the blue line in place of
Willie Corrin Luke McManus and Derik Johnson.
Matt McNelly, meanwhile, starts in goal for Minnesota-Duluth. The 6'3" sophomore finished Friday for the Bulldogs, replacing Aaron Crandall after he gave up five goals, and gets another chance in net.
Adam Wilcox gets the nod for Minnesota.
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) - Christian Isackson (#26) - Vinni Lettieri (#19)
Brady Skjei (#2) - Jake Bischoff (#28)
Mike Reilly (#5) - Jake Parenteau (#6)
Ben Marshall (#10) - Michael Brodzinski (#20)
Adam Wilcox (#32)
Michael Shibrowski (#1)
Ryan Coyne (#31)
University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
Austin Farley (#11) - Tony Cameranesi (#13) - Adam Krause (#26)
Kyle Osterberg (#8) - Caleb Herbert (#21) - Justin Crandall (#25)
Alex Iafallo (#14) - Dominic Toninato (#17) - Joe Basaraba (#18)
Charlie Sampair (#24) - Cal Decowski (#27) - Sammy Spurrell (#28)
Carson Soucy (#4) - Andy Welinski (#7)
Tim Smith (#16) - Willie Raskob (#15)
Willie Corin (#5) - Dan Molenaar (#3)
Matt McNeely (#36)
Aaaron Crandall (#1)
Today's game begins at 4:00 p.m. CT and airs on Fox Sports North. 1500 ESPN has the radio call in the Twin Cities while BTN2Go.com should have a stream.
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