Gophers Hockey Opens 2011-2012 Season Against Sacred Heart

Nathan Condon celebrating a Gophers goal

Ongoing coverage of this weekend's college hockey opener between the Minnesota Gophers and Sacred Heart Pioneers

The University of Minnesota begins its 91st season of college hockey this weekend against a new opponent in Sacred Heart. The Pioneers come to Mariucci after finishing last season 6-25-6 while the Gophers look to make their first NCAA Tournament in three seasons. Six freshman make their regular season debut tonight while redshirt sophomore Zach Budish returns from a season-ending ACL injury last year.

Tonight's game is on Fox Sports North while tomorrow's is not televised. Both games will be heard on ESPN 1500 for radio; the first time Gophers hockey has been off of WCCO in decades.

Friday Night Lines:

Minnesota

Forwards

Kyle Rau - Nick Bjugstad - Zach Budish (A)

Sam Warning - Erik Haula - Jake Hansen (A)

Nate Condon - Taylor Matson (C) - Seth Ambroz

Tom Serratore - Travis Boyd - Nico Sacchetti


Defense

Seth Helgeson - Justin Holl

Ben Marshall - Mark Alt

Nate Schmidt - Blake Thompson

 

Goalie

Kent Patterson


Sacred Heart

Forwards:

Anthony Yelovich - Drew George - Ben Ketuchum

Matt Gingera (A) - Eric Delong (C) - Torin Snydeman

Biran Sheehan - Chad Filteau - Ryan Stanimir

Tye Lewis - Ben Lake - Kyle Verbeek

 

Defense:

Bryan Felice - Jordan Ciccarello

Will Rayner - Alex Stuart

Ryan Miniaci - Neil Fachini


Goalies:

Steven Legatto

Andrew Bodnarchuk

Chris Paliafito

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