Time for Minnesota's first visit to Amsoil Arena since the Gophers stole a pair of 5-4 wins in October 2011, one week after UMD unveiled its first-ever national championship banner for men's hockey.
As I mentioned before, the silver lining is that UMD ran off a 17-game unbeaten streak that took it to the top of the national polls*.
(* - You know, the polls that don't matter.)
Bumping around town during the day, there seemed to be an inordinate amount of UMD apparel on people at the mall and other shopping-type places. Either the bandwagon is already starting to swell after four straight wins, or the last of the four -- a dominating 3-0 win over No. 1 Minnesota -- really has people excited for this home game.
UMD is 2-3 here, 5-0 on the road (counting the Notre Dame Ice Breaker game as a true road game), and 0-1 at neutral venues so far. That 2-3 record is deceiving, because UMD likely played well enough to win two of the games it lost, and it absolutely deserved the two it won. But when you win five games at home over a full season, people tend to overreact to things like that and think it's the "same old (expletive)" again.
Anyway, if you're reading this, get here early. Just trust me on that. Traffic is already building up.
Iafallo - Toninato - Crandall
Farley - Cameranesi - Kuhlman
Osterberg - Decowski - Young (Austyn)
Young (Blake) - Thomas - Sampair
Johnson - Welinski
Soucy - Raskob
Kotyk - Molenaar
Kaskisuo - McNeely - Fons
Reilly (Connor) - Rau - Fasching
Warning - Kloos - Cammarata
Bristedt - Lettieri - Ambroz
Michaelson - Isackson - Reilly (Ryan)
Reilly (Mike) - Collins
Marshall - Brodzinski
Bischoff - Glover
Wilcox - Lehr