Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday morning skate

This will be an abbreviated edition of FMS since I'll be leaving for Denver shortly. ...

Minnesota State will have its captain, Rylan Galiardi, back in the lineup tonight. He has missed the last five games with a lower-body injury and has missed being on the road: "It's not just that I wanted to play, but it was the first time I haven't made a road trip. I really missed being around the boys and being part of the team."

The Mavericks went 1-3-1 without Galiardi, whom coach Troy Jutting considers to be the team's best defensive forward.

Galiardi will skate between Michael Dorr and Eriah Hayes. Other forward line combos include Andrew Sackrison with Mike Louwerse and J.P. Burkemper, Joe Schiller with Justin Jokinen and John McInnis and Eli Zuck with Adam Mueller and Corey Leivermann. The defensive pairings remain the same, and Phil Cook is expected to get the start in goal. Zach Lehrke and Josh Nelson are the extras on the trip.

As for the Pioneers, they are ranked 15th in the country but are having some of the same issues as the Mavericks, namely that they're scoring just 2.6 goals a game and struggling on the power play. Sophomore Drew Shore is leading the way, and they're getting healthier, too. Meanwhile, Jesse Martin's surgery went well earlier this week. You can read more about Martin here.

In other WCHA action this weekend: Michigan Tech is at Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota is at Wisconsin, Nebraska-Omaha is at St. Cloud State and Alaska-Anchorage is at Bemidji State. Colorado College is out of conference, playing Air Force and Yale.

Be sure to check back on the blog tonight for PucKato's live blog from the Mavs-Pios game.

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