“He likes to keep firing. I’m more laid back and he’s more fiery,” Jonny said. “Lately, he’s been throwing little chirps here and there, so if we kind of show him up a little bit, hopefully this weekend will prove something.”
Michael is confident it will prove what he spent all Christmas break telling his brother — the Gophers are better than the Huskies. The two teams shared the No. 1 ranking in different polls during the holidays and each made compelling cases for his team.
The Gophers enter Friday’s game ranked No. 1, the Huskies No. 5.
The Brodzinski family will join in on the rivalry. Father Mike Brodzinski was a two-time All-America player for St. Cloud State in the late ’80s. Though Michael and his dad share the same intense personality, Mike Brodzinski will be supporting his alma mater. Michael hopes his mom and grandparents are wearing maroon and gold.
St. Cloud State was an easy choice for Jonny, who followed in his father’s footsteps. Michael, however, wanted to create his own path. Once the Gophers came calling, his decision was also easy, and the two split ways.
Lucia anticipates the brothers will get several shifts to skate against one another. Neither has any intention to be forgiving with bragging rights at stake.
“I’m going to try to get a couple of points if I can, but if not, hopefully I can just stop him from scoring if I’m out there,” Michael said. “We both know that it’s going to be a big game, and both know that we’re going to get bragging rights whoever wins here.”