SERIES PREVIEW: MINNESOTA STATE MANKATO AT GOPHERS
WHEN/WHERE: 7 P.M. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT MARIUCCI ARENA
TV/RADIO: ALTERNATE CHANNELS ON FRIDAY, FSN ON SATURDAY; 1500ESPN BOTH NIGHTS.
Records: Gophers 11-4-1 overall, 8-2 WCHA; MSU Mankato 3-10-1, 2-7-1
Gophers at a glance: The No. 4/5 Gophers are 0-3 in road games the past three Fridays. In the first two losses, they fell behind by three goals, in the third by two. ... The Gophers are 1-5 against the Mavericks since January 2009 and were swept 2-1, 3-2 in Mankato a year ago. ... Sophomore center Nick Bjugstad is tied for first in the nation with 15 goals. He scored nine goals on 26 shots on net in November for a 34.6 shooting percentage.
Mavericks at a glance: Minnesota State is on a 0-4-1 skid since beating St. Cloud State 4-2 on Nov. 11. The Mavericks are coming off a 5-5 tie with visiting Alaska Anchorage last Saturday. They outshot the Seawolves 46-13 and rallied from a 5-1 deficit. ... Freshman Jean-Paul Lafontaine, nephew of former NHL star Pat Lafontaine, has a team-high seven goals. ... Junior captain Tyler Elbrecht, a 6-4, 210 defenseman, is back after being out since MSU's season opener. He had a broken arm.