Friday, January 13, 2017

Preview: Minnesota-UMD game Friday on Fox Sports North

Minnesota heads north to Duluth for a two game WCHA series between two of the top four teams in the nation. Both games at AMSOIL Arena Friday and Saturday begin at 3 pm locally.

Friday afternoon's game will be televised locally on Fox Sports North. You can also stream it on Fox Sports Go.

The #2 Gophers (16-3-2, 12-2-2-2 WCHA) swept UMD when the two teams played in October in part thanks to Sarah Potomak. The sophomore forward scored the game-winning goal both games with the second coming in overtime.

#4 Minnesota Duluth (13-4-3, 10-4-2-1 WCHA), in the second year under head coach Maura Crowell, returned to its spot at the top of the conference. No team has swept the Bulldogs in Duluth this season. Players have developed and depth has accumulated, making it more difficult for opposing teams to target a line or two.

At the same time, senior forward Lara Stalder (#21) has been one of the top players in the WCHA. Her 27 points (9G-18A) are fourth in the conference. Not too far behind her are linemates Ashleigh Brykaliuk with 24 points and Katherine McGovern with 20.

The trio face a Gopher team that has given up 18 goals in its last 4 games.

In net, sophomore Maddie Rooney holds a .940 save percentage. When the two teams played in October, Rooney stopped 74 of 81 shots.

Minnesota, meanwhile, will have back Dani Cameranesi in its lineup for the first time since early December. The senior forward leads the nation in goals per game (1.06). Her return reunites the top line in the nation between her, Potomak and national scoring leader Kelly Pannek.

Potomak and freshman Lindsay Agnew also return from national team duty. Both missed the Gophers' exhibition win over the Minnesota Whitecaps post-collegiate team and non-conference United States Hall of Fame Game against Minnesota State last weekend playing for Team Canada in the Nations Cup.

University of Minnesota lineup (via @GopherWHockey) :

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