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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Banged up, fatigued defensemen could be an issue in Gophers hockey series finale

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: October 27, 2013 - 1:00 PM

The biggest question after Friday’s 3-3 tie with Boston College was the health of Gophers senior defenseman Jake Parenteau. Sunday’s line chart updated his status by leaving Parenteau off the list for the series finale.

Parenteau skated in Saturday’s practice, but what the team is calling an upper-body injury needs more rest. He hit his head on the goalpost early in the first period of Friday’s game and was slow to get it up.

Gophers coach Don Lucia said he didn’t expect it to be a “long term” injury. Parenteau, however, will get two weeks of rest before the Gophers play again. They have a bye week before traveling to Notre Dame Nov. 8-9.

Jake Bischoff is listed in place of Parenteau, with Ryan Reilly added as an extra skater. According to Gophers staff, there is no limit on how many players you can dress in non-conference games. Bischoff has also been banged up and could see limited time.

A day off might have been what the Gophers’ defense needed. Though it wasn’t long enough to get Parenteau back, it gave the five defenders that filled Parenteau’s void on Friday a chance to catch their breath.

“Based on having five [defensemen] today the last half [of the game], and the pace, and the early-season conditioning, it’s probably good that there is a day off in-between,” Lucia said on Friday.

The day off was thanks to Saturday’s Gophers football game with Nebraska. Any time home football and hockey games are scheduled there is a chance the football game pushes hockey to Sunday.

A Friday-Sunday series could happen again the weekend of Nov. 22-24. Gophers hockey is scheduled for Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. games. However, if Saturday’s Gophers football home game against Wisconsin has a start time after 11 a.m., then the hockey game will likely be moved to Sunday. Football’s start time is TBD.  

Preview and VIDEO of Sunday's game.

Friday night's game story.

GAME 2 PREVIEW: NO. 5 BOSTON COLLEGE AT NO. 1 GOPHERS
1:10 p.m. Sunday at Mariucci Arena
TV/radio: Fox Sports North on Sunday; 1500-AM both games. Live stream: BTN2Go.com.
Full series preview.

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, Christian Isackson, Seth Ambroz

Defensemen (left, right)
Brady Skjei, Justin Holl
Ben Marshall, Michael Broadzinski
Mike Reilly, Jake Bischoff

Goaltenders
Adam Wilcox
Michael Shibrowski

Extra skater
Ryan Reilly

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