Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last six years. He learned ice hockey, however, long before — during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (his hometown). He got a close up look of legendary Gophers alum Herb Brooks and other Minnesota hockey greats. Jason is nearing two years with the Star Tribune.

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Gophers hockey more than comfortable in Bemidji

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: October 18, 2013 - 7:30 PM

It’s no secret the Gophers have been successful in Bemidji. They are 4-0-1 when Bemidji State hosts and hold an overall seven-game winning streak against the Beavers.

However, four of the last seven have been by a goal and two went into overtime. The Beavers will be eager to break that trend this weekend in their home opener at the Sanford Center.

Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore knows it’ll be difficult and isn’t buying into the idea the Gophers are young and inexperienced. Earlier this week he pointed out how every year the Gophers get two to three of the country’s best 20 players.

It might even be more this year. Four Gophers freshmen – Hudson Fasching, Justin Kloos, Vinni Lettieri, Michael Brodzinski – scored goals in the first week of the season.

This will be the Gophers first meeting with a former in-state Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival. Bemidji State opened their season with another former WCHA member, St. Cloud State, last weekend on the road.

The weekend series will also be a showcase of Tom Serratores. The Gophers senior forward and the Bemidji State coach share the same name and blood line. The Beavers coach is uncle to the younger Tom.

GAME PREVIEW: NO. 3 GOPHERS AT BEMIDJI STATE
7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford Center
TV/radio: Fox Sports North Friday and FSN Plus Saturday; 1500-AM both nights.
Complete breakdown of the opponents here.

If you missed today's feature + VIDEO on Adam Wilcox make sure you check it out here.

Gophers lines

Forwards (left wing, center, right wing)
Sam Warning, Kyle Rau, Hudson Fasching
Nate Condon, Justin Kloos, Taylor Cammarata
Connor Reilly, Travis Boyd, Vinni Lettieri
Tom Serratore, A.J. Michaelson, Seth Ambroz

Defensemen (left, right)
Brady Skjei, Justin Holl
Mike Reilly, Jake Parenteau
Ben Marshall, Miachel Brodzinski

Goaltenders
Adam Wilcox
Michael Shibrowski

Bemidji State lines

Forwards (left wing, center, right wing)
Radoslav Illo, Cory Ward, Danny Mattson*
Phillip Marinaccio, Jeff Jubinville, Brendan Harms
Markus Gerbrandt, Nate Arentz*, Phil Brewer
Charlie O’Connor, Mitch Cain, Matt Hartmann*

Defensemen (left, right)
James Hansen*, Matt Prapavessis
Sam Rendle*, Sam Windle*
Ruslan Pedan, Graeme McCormack

Goaltenders
Andrew Walsch
Jesse Wilkins
Reid Mimmack

*Hometown in Minnesota

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