Pregame: Gophers hockey vs. Denver (Saturday)

Drew Claussen

No. 2 Gophers vs. No. 10 Denver
7 p.m. 
Mariucci Arena 

Minnesota lines
Kyle Rau – Nick Bjugstad – Christian Isackson
Sam Warning – Erik Haula – Zach Budish
Nate Condon – Travis Boyd – Seth Ambroz 
Tom Serratore – AJ Michaelson – Justin Holl

Jake Parenteau – Nate Schmidt
Seth Helgeson – Ben Marshall
Mike Reilly – Mark Alt

Adam Wilcox
Michael Shibrowski
Ryan Coyne

Denver lines
Gabe Levin – Nick Shore – Chris Knowlton
Zac Larraza – Shawn Ostrow – Ty Loney
Garrett Allen – Quentin Shore – Matt Tabrum
Larkin Jacobson – Daniel Doremus – Grant Arnold

Paul Phillips – Scott Mayfield
Nolan Zajac – David Makowski
Joey LaLeggia – Josiah Didier

Sam Brittain
Juho Olkinuora

Notes

Unless Denver’s line sheet is lying to me, it appears that Sam Brittain will be between the pipes for tonight’s game. Brittain has played in nine games this season and has a 4-5-0 record. The change comes as a bit of a shock considering Juho Olkinuora had a 33-save shutout last night.

Olkinuora’s shutout could have washed away any hopes that the Gophers had of winning the MacNaughton Cup in their final year in the WCHA. Minnesota’s loss coupled with St. Cloud State’s 5-3 victory over Michigan Tech leaves the Gophers four points behind SCSU with only three games to play.

Last night was the first time the Gophers have been shut out since March 2011. That 2-0 loss to Alaska-Anchorage knocked Minnesota out of the first round of the WCHA playoffs.

Read my gamer for last night’s loss here.

Friday in the WCHA:
Wisconsin 4 Nebraska-Omaha 3
Bemidji State 2 North Dakota 4
Michigan Tech 3 St. Cloud State 5
Minnesota State-Mankato 1 Colorado College 4
Alabama Huntsville 2 Minnesota-Duluth 4
Alaska-Anchorage 1 Alaska 2 (OT)

Same matchups tonight, Anchorage and Alaska will face off in Anchorage instead of Fairbanks.