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Gophers Hockey: Minnesota vs. Michigan State Saturday line combinations

Line combinations for the Saturday night University of Minnesota vs. Michigan State hockey game. Gophers coach Don Lucia made a few changes, including freshman Adam Wilcox getting his first start in goal.

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After Friday night's 5-1 win, Gopher head coach Don Lucia was happy with how his team played yet wanted to get a couple freshman some experience. He's doing just that as Ryan Reilly and Adam Wilcox (Tampa Bay Lightning) make the Minnesota debuts. Reilly starts as the fourth line center while WIlcox gets the nod in goal.

The Gophers are also going with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. Justin Holl, who missed Friday night's game, is back in the lineup as the extra defenseman in place of Jake Parenteau (who played as a forward last night). Other players sitting out from last night are AJ Michaelson and winning goaltender Michael Shibrowski.

Michigan State, meanwhile, is mixing up their top-six right wings - Anthony Hayes and Greg Wolfe switch lines- in an effort to get more scoring. .

University of Minnesota Golden Gophers

Forwards

Kyle Rau (#7) - Nick Bjugstad (#27) - Christian Isackson (#26)

Sam Warning (#11) - Erik Haula (#19) - Zach Budish (#24)

Nate Condon (#16) - Travis Boyd (#22) - Seth Ambroz (#17)

Tom Serratore (#14) - Ryan Reilly (#9)

Defense

Ben Marshall (#10) - Seth Helgeson (#4)

Nate Schmidt (#29) - Brady Skjei (#2)

Mike Reilly (#5) -Mark Alt (#20)

Goaltenders

Michael Shibrowski (#1)

Adam Wilcox (#32)

Ryan Coyne (#32)


Michigan State Spartans

Forwards

Kevin Walrod (#18) - Lee Reimer (#22) - Anthony Hayes (#21)

Chris Forfar (#8) - Brent Darnell (#25) - Greg Wolfe (#86)

Ryan Keller (#12) - Matt DeBlouw (#19) - Matt Berry (#27)

David Bondra (#92) - Michael Ferrantino (#20) - Tanner Sorenson (#10)

Defense

Jake Chelios (#42) - John Draeger (#7)

RJ Boyd (#5) - Nickolas Gatt (#14)

Travis Walsh (#4) - Matt Grassi (#23)

Goaltenders

Jake Hildebrand (#30)

Nathan Phillips (#32)

Will Yanakeef (#37)

For more University of Minnesota coverage, check out The Daily Gopher. You can also read up on the WCHA and college hockey at Western College Hockey and SB Nation's NHL hub.

You can follow Nate during the game on Twitter @gopherstate for live updates from Mariucci Arema.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.