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Gophers coach Don Lucia will shake up the lineup for Friday night’s series opener with Minnesota-Duluth. It’s the most change the Gophers have seen since the start of the season.
All three defensive lines have been altered, as well as the third and fourth lines of forwards.
The biggest change is the move of wings Tom Serratore and Seth Ambroz to the third line with center Travis Boyd. The trio skated together near the end of last week’s series sweep and looked strong as a unit.
Serratore, Ambroz and Boyd skated with one another last season and said they all felt that chemistry return against Minnesota State.
(Hear more from Ambroz on this chemistry in the below video)
Jake Parenteau was left off of Friday’s line sheet, but is healthy. Both freshman defenseman, Jake Bischoff and Michael Brodzinski, are in the mix. Its’s the fourth consecutive appearance for Bischoff going back to the series finale at Notre Dame.
Check out the complete lines below for more shakeups.
Tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game is on FSN Plus, live-streamed online by BTN2Go.com, and can be heard on 1500-AM.
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Forwards (left wing, center, right wing)
Sam Warning, Kyle Rau, Hudson Fasching
Nate Condon, Justin Kloos, Taylor Cammarata
Tom Serratore, Travis Boyd, Seth Ambroz
A.J. Michaelson, Gabe Guertler, Vinni Lettieri
Defensemen (left, right)
Brady Skjei, Justin Holl
Mike Reilly, Jake Bischoff
Ben Marshall, Michael Broadzinski
Twin Cities products in the opposing lineup (Minnesota-Duluth):
Forwards: Tony Cameranesi, Plymouth, Minn.; Kyle Osterberg, Lakeville, Minn.; Caleb Herbert, Bloomington, Minn.; Justin Crandall, Lakeville, Minn.; Charlie Sampair, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Cal Decowski, Andover, Minn.
Defenseman: Willie Raskob, Hastings, Minn.; Luke McManus, Apple Valley, Minn.; Derik Johnson, Bloomington, Minn.
Goaltenders: Aaron Crandall, Lakeville, Minn.; Matt McNeely, Burnsville, Minn.
Gophers forward Seth Ambroz: