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NCAA Hockey Tournament 2012: Minnesota vs. North Dakota Line Combinations

When your hockey team is one win away from the Frozen Four, it's hard to embrace change.

Both the University of North Dakota and University of Minnesota are keeping the same line combinations that got them to the West Regional Final in St. Paul, MN. It's a little bit more out of necessity for North Dakota, who has been playing shorthanded all season, but they've been getting great production during their eight-game winning streak.

Kent Patterson will be in net for Minnesota while Aaron Dell looks to continue his hot streak for UND.

University of North Dakota Line Combinations

Forwards

Brock Nelson (#29) - Corban Knight (#10) - Danny Kristo (#7)

Mark MacMillan (#16) - Carter Rowney (#27) - Michael Parks (#15)

Stehane Pattyn (#28) - Mario Lamoureux (#9) - Joe Gleason (#20)

Dan Senkbell (#8) - Connor Gaarder (#13) - (No Right Wing)

Defense

Derek Forbort (#4) - Ben Blood (#24)

Andrew MacWilliam (#2) - Nick Mattson (#5)

Dillon Simpson (#18) - Andrew Panzarella (#22)

Goalies (bold indicates starter)

Aaron Dell (#32)

Brad Eidsness (#31)

Tate Maris (#35)


University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Line Combinations

Forwards

Kyle Rau (#7) - Nick Bjugstad (#27) - Zach Budish (#24)

Sam Warning (#11) - Erik Haula (#19) - Jake Hansen (#21)

Nate Condon (#16) - Taylor Matson (#9) - Travis Boyd (#22)

Tom Serratore (#14) - Nico Sacchetti (#13) - Seth Ambroz (#17)

Defense:

Seth Helgeson (#4) - Justin Holl (#12)

Ben Marshall (#10) - Mark Alt (#20)

Jake Parenteau (#6) -Nate Schmidt (#29)

Goalies (bold indicates starting):

Kent Patterson (#35)

Michael Shibrowski (#1)

Jake Kremer (#30)

Follow me on Twitter for live game updates @gopherstate and this storystream throughout the tournament for updates on the road to Tampa. You can also follow The Daily Gopher for more Minnesota coverage and SB Nation's NHL hub for a national college hockey perspective.

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