Three Gophers selected for juniors

by Adam Fink

Three forwards will not be with Minnesota’s men’s hockey team later this month, but this time the news has nothing to do with injuries.

USA Hockey selected Barry Tallackson and Gino Guyer to compete for the U.S. National Junior Team beginning Dec. 26. The competition runs through Jan. 5 in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Thomas Vanek will play for Team Austria between Dec. 16-21 in Slovenia.

“I am really excited,” Tallackson said. “It’s my first time (competing with the team) and I am excited for the chance.”

Tallackson said his selection was in doubt due to a shoulder separation Oct. 28 which kept him out of action for six weeks. The sophomore has only tallied one assist this season after recording 23 points as a freshman.

“I’m happy for them,” Coach Don Lucia said. “It’s a great chance to represent your country.”

Seven players from the WCHA were selected.

Reinholz still out

Jerrid Reinholz, who separated his shoulder against Michigan Tech on Nov. 23, will be out through Christmas, Lucia said.

Lucia expects the sophomore transfer from Minnesota-Duluth to return Dec. 27 for the Holiday Classic at Mariucci Arena.

Football news

Two Minnesota football coaches have received sideline promotions effective immediately. Defensive coordinator Moe Ankney will now be an assistant head coach to Glen Mason, while linebackers coach Greg Hudson moves to defensive coordinator.

Ankney will still coach defensive ends and Hudson will continue to head the linebackers, their respective roles throughout this season.

The two will first be active in their new titles in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30. Minnesota finished the 2002 regular season 54th in the nation in total defense, giving up an average of 361 yards per game. Ten of 11 starters will return next season.

In other football news, Charlton Keith officially moved from defensive end to linebacker, while linebacker Justin Fraley moved to the safety position.

-Brian Stensaas, Staff Reporter