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 goaltender Michael Shibrowski will make his first start of the season on Saturday night against Minnesota State. Shibrowski has been in a backup role since sophomore Adam Wilcox earned the starting job in the first month of the season last year.
Shibrowski last started in January of last season and earned a no-decision.
The senior earned the start for his commitment to team, according to Gophers staff. Wilcox is healthy and is coming off a strong night in the net on Friday for a 4-1 win over Minnesota State.
Shibrowski was 1-1-0 last season with a .881 save percentage and 3.18 goals against average. He was hampered by an injury early in the season.
• I’m jumping over to Mariucci from Ridder Arena after covering Gophers women’s hockey’s 6-1 blowout against North Dakota (link), so I’ll keep this short and include some video of Wilcox from last night.
Also, for those of you that never got an updated version with quotes of last night’s game story, I apologize. It was never updated online, but the issues was fixed early this afternoon and here is the link to get some insight from Mike Reilly, Connor Reilly, Adam Wilcox, and coach Don Lucia.
More on the Reilly-to-Reilly goal in last night’s Ice Gold blog.
Tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game is on FSN Plus, live-streamed online by BTN2Go.com, and can be heard on 1500-AM.
Minnesota State at No. 1 Gophers: full series preview.
Friday’s hockey feature: Gophers freshman class living up to the hype and much more. Interviews with the freshmen, below.
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)
Mike Reilly, Jake Parenteau
Brady Skjei, Justin Holl
Jake Bischoff, Ben Marshall
Locals in the opposing lineup (Minnesota State):
Max Gaede, junior forward, Woodbury, Minn.
Brett Stern, junior defenseman, Lino Lakes, Minn.
Zach Palmquist, junior defenseman, South St. Paul, Minn.