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Minnesota vs. Denver Friday Night Line Combinations

When Minnesota was last on the ice, they dominated St. Cloud State everywhere besides the scoreboard. All four lines clicked, the Gophers were able to control the puck and the Huskies only had 12 shots on goal (11 if Ben Hanowski scoring from behind the net doesn't count). Therefore it's no surprise to see Don Lucia go with the same lineup against Denver that played January 28th.

The Pioneers made one change from their lineup last Saturday. Senior captain Dustin Jackson returns to the lineup, playing on the third line with Nate Dewhurst and Shawn Ostrow, and Zac Larazza sits.

Kent Patterson makes the start for the Gophers while Sam Brittain is between the pipes for Denver.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Line Combinations


Kyle Rau - Nick Bjugstad - Zach Budish

Sam Warning - Erik Haula - Jake Hansen

Nate Condon - Taylor Matson - Seth Ambroz

Joe Miller - Christian Isackson - Nico Sacchetti


Seth Helgeson - Justin Holl

Ben Marshall - Mark Alt

Jake Parenteau - Nate Schmidt

Goalies (bold indicates starting):

Kent Patterson

Michael Shibrowski

Denver Pioneers Line Combinations:


Ty Loney - Drew Shore - Luke Salazar

Jason Zucker - Nick Shore - Chris Knowlton

Nate Dewhurst - Shawn Ostrow - Dustin Jackson

Larkin Jacobson - Matt Tabrum - Daniel Doremus


Paul Phillips - Scott Mayfield

John Ryder - Josh Didier

Joey LaLeggia - John Lee


Sam Brittain

Juho Olkinuora

Zack Hope

Tonight's game starts at 9:00 PM and is being televised on both Fox Sports North Plus (find your channel here) and NBC Sports Network. You can follow me on Twitter for in-game hockey updates @gopherstate and follow @sbnminnesota for the best in Minnesota sports.

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