Here are the line-ups for tonight's North Star College Cup championship game between Minnesota State and Bemidji State.
For Minnesota State:
Chase Grant - Teddy Blueger - Michael Huntebrinker
CJ Franklin - Matt Leitner - Bryce Gervais
Zach Stepan - Dylan Margonari - Brad McClure
Brett Knowles - Jordan Nelson - Max Gaede
Brett Stern - Blake Thompson
Zach Palmquist - Carter Foguth
Jon Jutzi - Casey Nelson
Stephon Williams - Cole Huggins
Notably for Minnesota State, Casey Nelson is in the line-up on defense after taking a shot off the leg late in the third period last night and spending twenty seconds on the ice before Stephon Williams famously pushed the net off the moorings. Getting Nelson back, especially if he's not too hobbled, is excellent news for Minnesota State.
The only line-up change for the Mavericks is Mike Huntebrinker replacing Jean-Paul LaFontaine on what is ostensibly Minnesota State's second line. LaFontaine had a bad turnover on MSU's first goal allowed last night, and saw little ice time as the Mavericks tried to protect their lead in the third period last night. Huntebrinker gives them a little more grit and defensive presence.
For Bemidji State:
Markus Gerbrandt - Nate Arentz - John Parker
Leo Fitzgerald - Gerry Fitzgerald - Myles Fitzgerald
Charlie O'Connor - Cory Ward - Brendan Harms
Phil Marinaccio - Kyle Bauman - Phil Brewer
Sam Rendle - Sam Windle
Brett Beauvais - Matt Prapavessis
Ruslan Pedan - Graeme McCormack
Michael Bitzer - Andrew Walsh - Reid Mimmack
The Beavers didn't make any line-up changes from Friday, and why would they? They played a tremendous game top-to-bottom against Minnesota Duluth and will hope to get that same effort tonight. If one thing stands out, there's pretty solid depth in lines one through four for the Beavers, as well as in all three D pairings. The Fitzgerald line is the only line that doesn't feature two players with double digits in points.
The D pairing of Rendle/Windle is the one they'll lean on most heavily, but all three are solid. The Beavers got a pair of goals from the back end last night, and they could play a big role in bolstering their offense.