Pregame: Gophers hockey vs. Bemidji State (Friday)

by Drew Claussen

No. 2 Gophers vs. Bemidji State 
7 p.m. 
Mariucci Arena
TV: FSN, Radio: ESPN 1500 AM

Minnesota lines
Kyle Rau – Nick Bjugstad – Christian Isackson 
Nate Condon – Erik Haula – Zach Budish 
Tom Serratore – Travis Boyd – Seth Ambroz 
Jake Parenteau – A.J. Michaelson – Justin Holl 

Brady Skjei – Nate Schmidt 
Seth Helgeson – Ben Marshall 
Mike Reilly – Mark Alt

Adam Wilcox
Michael Shibrowski
Ryan Coyne 

Bemidji State lines
Jordan George – Aaron McLeod – Ben Kinne
Brance Orban – Jeff Jubinville – Phil Brewer
Radoslav Illo – Cory Ward – Danny Mattson
Markus Gerbrandt – Mitch Cain – Brad Robbins 

Jake Areshenko – Brady Wacker
Matt Prapavessis – Graeme McCormack 
Sam Rendle – Sam Windle 

Andrew Walsh
Mathieu Dugas 


Minnesota opens up its final WCHA playoffs at home against the Bemidji State Beavers. The Gophers earned a share of the MacNaughton Cup when they swept the Beavers last weekend in Bemidji, Minn. 

BSU gave the Gophers all they could handle in last Friday's 4-3 Minnesota victory at Sanford Center. The Gophers rebounded from the pedestrian effort with a convincing 5-1 win on Saturday. Playing at home, on Mariucci's Olympic-sized rink, should aid Minnesota even more this weekend. 

Don Lucia said the team was healthy on Wednesday, which makes that fact that Sam Warning is out of the lineup interesting. It was rumored that Warning was injured earlier in the week. 

This weekend will be the last WCHA games played at Mariucci. 

Four Gophers picked up WCHA awards yesterday. Nate Schmidt was named to the All-WCHA First Team and Erik Haula was on the All-WCHA Second Team. Nick Bjugstad and Adam Wilcox were on the All-WCHA Third Team. 17 players on Minnesota's roster were on the WCHA All-Academic team. 

Minnesota made it through the entire 2012-13 campaign without going on a losing streak, the team was 7-0-0 after a loss this season. 

Read my preview for this weekend's series here.

For in-game updates follow @DailyontheIce on Twitter.

WCHA first round matchups

Alaska-Anchorage @ St. Cloud State
Michigan Tech @ North Dakota 
Minnesota-Duluth @ Wisconsin
Colorado College @ Denver
Nebraska-Omaha @ Minnesota State-Mankato

All series are a best of three with the winners advancing to the WCHA Final Five next weekend at the Xcel Energy Center.