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Gophers look for series sweep over Michigan State

Posted by: Michael Russo under Gophers players, Gophers game day Updated: October 13, 2012 - 6:26 PM

For the fifth time in the past six years, the Gophers opened the season with a win, beating Michigan State, 5-1, last night. Five different players scored goals, and Nick Bjugstad, Zach Budish and Mike Reilly had two points apiece.  

Mike's brother, Ryan, will make his collegiate debut tonight as the Gophers look for the sweep.

Ryan Reilly will play on the fourth line with Tom Serratore as coach Don Lucia comes back with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. That means A.J. Michaelson and Jake Parenteau will be scratched.

Justin Holl, scratched last night, will play and is listed right now as an extra defenseman, not a forward.

Unless something changed from last night, freshman Adam Wilcox will make his college debut in nets.

The lineup:

Minnesota

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- 9 Ryan Reilly

Defensemen

4 Seth Helgeson- 10 Ben Marshall

5 Mike Reilly- 20 Mark Alt

2 Brady Skjei- 29 Nate Schmidt

12 Justin Holl

Goalies

32 Adam Wilcox

1 Michael Shibrowski

31 Ryan Coyne

Michigan State

Forwards

8 Chris Forfar- 25 Brent Darnell- 21 Anthony Hayes

18 Kevin Walrod- 22 Lee Reimer- 86 Greg Wolfe

92 David Bondra- 20 Michael Ferrantino- 10 Tanner Sorenson

12 Ryan Keller- 19 Matt DeBlouw- 27 Matt Berry

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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