Friday, February 14, 2014

Game 27: UMD at St. Cloud State

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- If it feels like forever since you've seen that dateline, you're right.

Not counting times driving through on family trips to see people in Sioux Falls, this is my first time in St. Cloud since March of 2012, and the second time here since October 2009. That's a heck of a long time without regular meetings for two teams barely 140 miles apart (actually, Google Maps says it's 145 miles between the respective home arenas).

The Herb Brooks National Hockey Center is in the midst of a renovation. The facade and entryway look very nice, so it should be cool once the rest of the work is done.

I don't need to remind you how big a series this is. Large. Six points on the line.

Oh, and welcome back Austin Farley. Consider the lede sufficiently buried. Farley returns after a four-game absence, and he adds more potency to a lineup that has already shown a lot of it.



Osterberg - Cameranesi - Crandall (Justin)
Farley - Herbert - Basaraba
Iafallo - Toninato - Krause
Tardy - Decowski - Young

Soucy - Welinski
Johnson - Raskob
Corrin - Smith

Crandall (Aaron) - McNeely

Murray - Dowd - Morley
Papa - Kossila - Brodzinski
Benik - Thorson - Bertsch
Oliver - Rehkamp - Tedesco

Prochno - Prow
Gravel - Daly
Rabey - Nevalainen

Faragher - Lindgren - Reijola

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