Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Gophers looking to sweep of Seawolves with nearly same lineup

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers, Men's hockey, Pregame, Alaska Anchorage Updated: 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:

The forwards

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

D-men pairs

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

Goalie

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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