Friday, February 24, 2017

Pregame Blog: Minnesota-Wisconsin preview, line combinations, TV & radio + more

Friday's Game Info

#19 Wisconsin at #4 Minnesota

Date: February 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Place: Mariucci Arena
TV: Fox Sports North Plus (Fox Sports Wisconsin for our friends in Madison)
Stream: BTN2Go/Fox Sports Go (Free for cable subscribers)
Radio: 1500 ESPN
Nate is covering for tonight: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Quote: "Anytime you get to play Wisconsin, there's going to be a little bit of a battle. You're going to take a punch to give a punch. It's a huge weekend for us with six big points on the line. It could ultimately decide the conference.

It's going to be two really tough games and we know they're going to come out and play tough against us, so we have to be ready to go." -Sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy

More Pregame Reading: 
-Leftovers Blog
-Pannek, Potomak Top 10 Patty Kaz finalists
-Puck Dynasty Podcast (Episode 15)

After being a question mark all week due to a lower body injury, Mike Szmatula is out of Friday's lineup. Darian Romanko splits from the Blue Line to take Szmatula's spot centering the third line while freshman Luke Notermann returns after last playing January 28th against Bemidji State in the North Star College Cup.

Romanko did practice this week with Gates and played with him during the Michigan State series. Szmatula missed those games as well.

Ryan Norman played center during Saturday's win against Penn State. He will do so again on the blue line alongside Jack Ramsey and Connor Reilly. The Road Runner Line remains the same as you'd expect. Same goes for the second, nickname-less line.

Remember that Joey Marooney is suspended for tonight. For what it's worth, Nikita Pavlychev, the Penn State player Marooney hit that led to his suspension, is out for the Nittany Lions.

University of Minnesota Golden Gophers lines

Rem Pitlick (#15) - Justin Kloos (#25) - Tyler Sheehy (#22)
Leon Bristedt (#18)- Vinni Lettieri (#19) - Taylor Cammarata (#13)
Brent Gates Jr. (#10) - Darian Romanko (#26) - Luke Notermann (#11)
 Connor Reilly (#21) - Ryan Norman (#23) - Jack Ramsey (#16)

Jake Bischoff (#28) - Ryan Lindgren (#5)
Steve Johnson (#4) - Jack Sadek (#2)
Ryan Zuhsldorf (#20) - Ryan Collins (#6)

Eric Schierhorn (#37)
Nick Lehr (#34)
Brock Kautz (#1)

Remember you can follow me on Twitter @gopherstate for live coverage at Mariucci Arena.

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