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Gophers' Mittelstadt to miss Saturday's game at North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Freshman Casey Mittelstadt got injured Friday and won't play Saturday night, when the Gophers try to sweep rival North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Mittelstadt, a first-round pick by the Buffalo Sabres, had four shots on goal Friday and was plus-2, assisting on Rem Pitlick's first period goal. The Gophers tweeted Saturday that Mittelstadt got "dinged up" Friday. The team later said Mittelstadt is "week-to-week" and could return for next weekend's series against Clarkson.

“He’s kind of week to week,” coach Don Lucia said of Mittelstadt. “He got cross-checked [Friday] night in the back. He fell, and he wanted to play, and he was sore.

“We just felt that it’s a long season, and I’d rather see if we have a better chance of getting him back next week [against Clarkson] than doing something to aggravate it.”

The Gophers blocked 29 shots as a team Friday, and afterward, Lucia hinted at lineup changes for Saturday.

"We’ve got some bumps and bruises," Lucia said. "We’ll see who’s available."

With Mittelstadt out, the Gophers will move Ryan Norman onto the line with Pitlick and Tyler Sheehy. Defenseman Tyler Nanne has moved to right wing on the fourth line. Here are the lines:

Rem Pitlick/Tyler Sheehy/Ryan Norman

Brent Gates Jr./Mike Szmatula/Jack Ramsey

Leon Bristedt/Tommy Novak/Brannon McManus

Cullen Munson/Darian Romanko/Tyler Nanne

Gophers express frustration over TV situation for games at North Dakota

Friday night's Gophers men's hockey game at North Dakota likely won't be available on cable packages in the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota, as reported here two weeks ago.

Midco Sports Network has the rights. The company has been trying to get the game onto more cable packages in Minnesota, but so far, only Mediacom has picked it up. If anybody else picks it up, it likely won't be until Saturday. On Friday, the Gophers issued a statement, explaining the situation to their fans:

We share our fans frustrations that this weekend's series will likely not be televised in the Twin Cities market and in much of Minnesota. 

We listened to our fans and worked hard to get regional rivals like North Dakota back on our schedule, and we are disappointed that many of our fans will not be able to watch this weekend's series. 

Unfortunately, television rights in college hockey rest with the host institution and the host's conference, so there is very little Gopher Athletics or the Big Ten Conference can do. In this instance, Midco Sports Network owns the rights to this weekend's games but doesn't provide coverage in many areas in Minnesota. 

We recommend checking with Midco to see if your area has coverage (Channel Guide, @MidcoSN on Twitter). Both games are also available via subscription stream on 

Regular television coverage for Gopher Hockey returns next week when Minnesota hosts Clarkson at 3M Arena at Mariucci, where all 19 regular-season games in the 2017-18 season will be televised.