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Opening Night: Gophers-Michigan State lineups

Posted by: Michael Russo under Gophers players, Gophers game day Updated: October 12, 2012 - 4:56 PM

Evening from an empty Mariucci Arena, where the top-ranked Gophers open the 2012-13 season tonight against the Michigan State.

I'm a college newbie, but I'm assuming the line charts are accurate and reflect the lineup, so it appears as if defenseman Jake Parenteau will play fourth-line right wing tonight and defensemen Justin Holl and Blake Thompson are scratched along with forwards Ryan Reilly, Christian Horn and Jared Larson.

Freshmen Mike Reilly and Brady Skjei will make their collegiate debuts. For Michigan State, Minnesota native and Wild prospect John Draeger is paired with Chris Chelios' son, Jake.

The Gophers' lineup looks like this:

Forwards

No. 7 Kyle Rau- 27 Nick Bjugstad- 26 Christian Isackson

11 Sam Warning- 19-Erik Haula- 24 Zach Budish

16 Nate Condon- 22 Travis Boyd- 17 Seth Ambroz

14 Tom Serratore- 15 A.J. Michaelson- 6 Jake Parentau

Defensemen

4 Seth Helgeson- 10 Ben Marshall

5 Mike Reilly- 20 Mark Alt

2 Brady Skjei- 29 Nate Schmidt

Goalies

1 Michael Shibrowski

32 Adam Wilcox

Michigan State

Forwards

18 Kevin Walrod- 22 Lee Reimer- 86 Greg Wolfe

8 Chris Forfar- 25 Brent Darnell- 21 Anthony Hayes

12 Ryan Keller- 19 Matt DeBlouw- 27 Matt Berry

92 David Bondra- 20 Michael Ferrantino- 10 Tanner Sorenson

Defensemen

42 Jake Chelios- 7 John Draeger

5 RJ Boyd- 14 Nickolas Gatt

4 Travis Walsh- 23 Matt Grassi

Goalies

37 Will Yanakeff

32 Nathan Phillips

30 Jake Hildebrand

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