Gophers looking to sweep of Seawolves with nearly same lineup
- Blog Post by: Roman Augustoviz
- March 10, 2012 - 5:58 PM
The Gophers have one lineup change for the second game of their best-of-three, first-round series with Alaska Anchorage.
Senior Nick Larson is playing left wing on the fourth line, replacing Tom Serratore.
Otherwise, it's the same lineup:
1st line/ Kyle Rau-Nick Bjugstad-Zach Budish ... Bjugey had seven shots on goal Friday
2nd line/ Sam Warning-Erik Haula-Jake Hansen ... Haula has three goals in his last two games ... all three linemates were a plus-2
3rd line/ Nate Condon-Taylor Matson-Seth Ambroz ... Ambroz took an interference penalty which led to UAA's goal on a power play late in the second period
4th line/ Nick Larson-Travis Boyd-Nico Sacchetti ... Larson gives the coaches another strong penalty killer; the Gophers had to kill off seven penalties on Friday
Seth Helgeson-Justin Holl ... Holl blocked three shots on Friday
Ben Marshall-Mark Alt ... Alt had a game-high four blocked shots
Jake Parenteau-Nate Schmidt ... Schmidt has his 31st and 32nd assists of the season on Haula's goals. His 32 assists are the most by a Gophers D-man since Chris Harrington had 33 in 2006-06
Kent Patterson ... Will start his 60th game in a row over two seasons
THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
1. Stay out of the penalty box ... The only time Alaska Anchorage looked dangerous was on the power play. They had seven power plays and had eight shots during 9 minutes and 28 seconds of a man-advantage. In the other 50:32, they had nine shots.
2. Score first. ... The Gophers seem much more comfortable playing with the lead. And if they get ahead, UAA eventually will have to be more aggressive on offense, rather than just sit back.
3. Get the first line going. ... Nick Bjugstad had seven shots on goal, Zach Budish five and Kyle Rau two. If they keep shooting, the goals should come.
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