Pregame: Nebraska-Omaha v Minnesota-Duluth (Jan. 10)

The Penrose Cup, given to the NCHC regular season champion, sits at center ice at the CenturyLink Center. (Photo: Matthew Semisch)

The Penrose Cup, given to the NCHC regular season champion, sits at center ice at the CenturyLink Center. (Photo: Matthew Semisch)

Below the jump are line charts, scouting reports and more information pertinent to Friday’s NCHC tilt between Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota-Duluth at CenturyLink Center.

NEBRASKA-OMAHA MAVERICKS (8-9-1, 5-2-1 NCHC) v MINNESOTA-DULUTH BULLDOGS (7-8-0, 3-5)
CENTURYLINK CENTER; OMAHA, NEB.
JAN. 10, 2014

NEBRASKA-OMAHA LINES:
19 Tanner Lane – 14 Dominic Zombo – 15 Josh Archibald
17 Ryan Walters – 12 Brock Montpetit – 18 Jono Davis
23 Johnnie Searfoss – 20 Jake Guentzel – 16 Austin Ortega
9 James Polk – 27 Aaron Pearce – 25 Justin Parizek

11 Nick Seeler – 28 Brian O’Rourke
7 Michael young – 24 Ian Brady
6 Matt Youso – 2 Brian Cooper

31 Ryan Massa
1 Reed Peters
29 Kirk Thompson

Scratches: 8 Jaycob Megna; 10 Alex Simonson; 13 Zahn Raubenheimer

Scouting the Mavericks: UNO head coach Dean Blais and defenseman Jaycob Megna are both out Friday as they serve the final game of their three-game suspensions due to a benefits infraction…Friday’s game against the Bulldogs marks Nebraska-Omaha’s first home game in a month and a half. The last time the Mavericks played here, they beat Miami 3-1 on Nov. 23…The Mavericks are 4-3-0 all-time at home against Minnesota-Duluth, although two of those wins for UNO came last season in a sweep of the Bulldogs…UNO is coming off its second sweep at the hands of an opponent. The Mavericks started well both nights last weekend at New Hampshire but ended up losing both games, 6-3 last Friday before losing again 5-2 in the rematch the following night…UNO forward Josh Archibald comes into the Mavericks’ first home game of 2014 leading his team in scoring with 14 goals and seven assists for 21 points. This point total places Archibald in fourth place in the NCHC in terms of scoring…Form (last five games): W-L-SOW-L-L.

MINNESOTA-DULUTH LINES:
25 Justin Crandall – 13 Tony Cameranesi – 8 Kyle Osterberg
11 Austin Farley – 21 Caleb Herbert – 18 Joe Basaraba
14 Alex Iafallo – 17 Dominic Toninato – 26 Adam Krause
24 Charlie Sampair – 27 Cal Decowski – 28 Sammy Spurrell

4 Carson Soucy – 7 Andy Welinksi
16 Tim Smith – 15 Willie Raskob
6 Derik Johnson – 5 Willie Corrin

1 Aaron Crandall
36 Matt McNeely

Scratches: 3 Dan Molenaar; 19 Max Tardy; 22 Luke McManus; 23 Austyn Young; 30 Alex Fons

Scouting the Bulldogs: UMD forward Justin Crandall currently leads the Bulldogs in points with 12, having contributed a career-high eight assists and four goals…Goaltender Aaron Crandall shined in UMD’s most recent game against UNO, stopping 32 Maverick shots en route to a 6-0 win in Duluth during the teams’ last-ever WCHA regular season game last March…UMD has never been shut out by UNO in the 13-game history of their all-time series…UMD currently boasts the nation’s sixth-best penalty-killing units (87.5 percent). The Bulldogs were perfect in each of their last three games in terms of killing opponents’ power plays, negating all 12 of them in that span…Form: W-L-L-L-W.

Referees: Todd Anderson (4); Andy Thiessen (11)
Linesmen: Scott Fitzpatrick (77); Nate Stanton (79)

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