Saturday, November 21, 2009

Game 14: UMD at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Listen, I'm the first to admit when the good guys get lucky a bit, right?

They kind of did last night. A 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota was rarely pretty, though Travis Oleksuk's wrist shot that eluded goalie Alex Kangas for the game-winner certainly had some beauty attached to it.

For UMD, this is a great opportunity. Head-to-head is a huge component in the Pairwise, and UMD can assure that Minnesota will need a DECC sweep and a WCHA playoff win would be needed for the Gophers to steal the season series. To do that, they have to win tonight. Anything less than that will not be good enough, and UMD will need to beat the Gophers again to clinch the season series.

I'll add to this if I need to after talking to Coach Sandelin, but here are tonight's lines.

Danberg - Connolly (Jack) - Connolly (Mike)
Bordson - Oleksuk - Fontaine
Fulton - Akins - Seidel
Schmidt - DeLisle - Flaherty

Olsen - Montgomery
Bergman - Lamb
Olson - Huttel

Hjelle - Reiter

Hoeffel - Schroeder - Sacchetti
Lucia - White - Budish
Carman - Matson - Birkholz
Hansen - Larson - Flynn

Ness - Fischer
Fairchild - Schack
Wehrs - Helgeson

Kangas - Patterson - Kremer

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