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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:
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
4 Seth Helgeson- 10 Ben Marshall
5 Mike Reilly- 20 Mark Alt
2 Brady Skjei- 29 Nate Schmidt
1 Michael Shibrowski
32 Adam Wilcox
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
42 Jake Chelios- 7 John Draeger
5 RJ Boyd- 14 Nickolas Gatt
4 Travis Walsh- 23 Matt Grassi
37 Will Yanakeff
32 Nathan Phillips
30 Jake Hildebrand
The Gophers open the season against Wild prospect and former Shattuck-St. Mary’s star defenseman John Draeger and the Michigan State Spartans this Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (8 p.m.).
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