Pregame: Nebraska-Omaha v Minnesota-Duluth (Jan. 11)

Minnesota-Duluth players celebrate Adam Krause's second-period goal Friday in an eventual 3-2 win for the Bulldogs over Nebraska-Omaha. (Photo: Matthew Semisch)

Minnesota-Duluth players celebrate Adam Krause’s second-period goal Friday in an eventual 3-2 win for the Bulldogs over Nebraska-Omaha. (Photo: Matthew Semisch)

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

NEBRASKA-OMAHA MAVERICKS (8-10-1, 5-3-1 NCHC) v MINNESOTA-DULUTH BULLDOGS (8-8-0, 4-5)
CENTURYLINK CENTER; OMAHA, NEB.
JAN. 10, 2014

NEBRASKA-OMAHA LINES:
17 Ryan Walters – 14 Dominic Zombo – 15 Josh Archibald
23 Johnnie Searfoss – 12 Brock Montpetit – 13 Zahn Raubenheimer
20 Jake Guentzel – 19 Tanner Lane – 25 Justin Parizek
9 James Polk – 27 Aaron Pearce – 10 Alex Simonson

8 Jaycob Megna – 24 Ian Brady
2 Brian Cooper – 11 Nick Seeler
7 Michael Young – 28 Brian O’Rourke

29 Kirk Thompson
1 Reed Peters
31 Ryan Massa

Scratches: 6 Matt Youso; 16 Austin Ortega; 18 Jono Davis

Scouting the Mavericks: Both UNO head coach Dean Blais and defenseman Jaycob Megna return Saturday following three-game suspensions for related benefits infractions…Following the Mavericks’ 3-2 loss to UMD Friday, the two teams are now an even 4-4-0 all-time in Omaha…Freshman goaltender Kirk Thompson gets the start Saturday for UNO. In nine appearances so far this season, he’s 3-3-1 with a 2.91 goals-against average and a .893 save percentage…Form (last five games): L-SOW-L-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: No changes whatsoever in Duluth’s lineup following the Bulldogs’ 3-2 win over UNO Friday…Senior goaltender Aaron Crandall was the most important player on the ice for either team Friday – and yet somehow didn’t make the game’s three stars list – making 38 saves and robbing UNO forward Josh Archibald twice with the key saves of the night in the first and third periods…UMD’s third line of Alex Iafallo, Dominic Toninato and Adam Krause came up trumps Friday, combining on two goals that Toninato and Krause were credited with…Form: L-L-L-W-W.

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

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