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The Gophers can clinch the Big Ten hockey regular-season title with a victory on Saturday night at Ohio State.
They'll have to do it without junior forward Sam Warning, though. It was annouced that he will miss the game with an upper-body injury. Check out how the lines will be affected below.
A reminder that, unfortunately, I did not make the trip to Columbus. Kevin Zeise will cover the game for us. I'll Tweet the link to his game story later tonight.
• Friday night's game story from stringer Kevin Zeise.
• Read Friday’s feature: Gophers' points leader Sam Warning is fighting to be more consistent in spotlight role + video.
• SERIES PREVIEW: NO. 1 GOPHERS at OHIO STATE
Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
TV/radio/live stream: ESPN News; 1500-AM; WatchESPN.
Gophers at a glance: The No. 1 Gophers (24-4-5, 13-2-2-0 Big Ten) can clinch the inaugural Big Ten hockey title this weekend. A Gophers’ victory and a Wisconsin loss on Friday would get the job done. If Wisconsin wins, a Gophers’ sweep would secure the regular-season title. … They’ll have to do it on Ohio State’s smaller rink. … Junior forward Travis Boyd had four points last weekend against Penn State and his third line was responsible for both goals in Saturday’s 2-1 victory.
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• Gophers Saturday lines
Forwards (left wing, center, right wing)
Taylor Cammarata, Kyle Rau, Hudson Fasching
Nate Condon, Justin Kloos, Christian Isackson
Tom Serratore, Travis Boyd, Seth Ambroz
Connor Reilly, Gabe Guertler, Vinni Lettieri
Defensemen (left, right)
Brady Skjei, Justin Holl
Mike Reilly, Jake Parenteau
Ben Marshall, Michael Brodzinski
Adam Wilcox, Michael Shibrowski