This is the one time that I get to bust out my Walt Whitman reference on a hockey blog, so I’m taking full advantage:
I suppose that I could technically make this reference at any time of the day, since I work for the Bemidji Pioneer, but I’ll spare you Walt Whitman literary criticism for the time being. (You’re lucky. I have pages and pages of this stuff in my closet.)
The Denver Pioneers come in to the Sanford Center this weekend (7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday, and Bemidji State may need to bring its pistols and sharp-edged axes to this game.
Denver is in the midst of a six-game winless streak. They’ve played Yale, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and North Dakota in the past three weeks, and have been unable to pick up a win. They will certainly be hungry for one against BSU, who finally got on track and picked up a win last weekend against UMD. The Beaver players I talked to seemed to realize this series would be tough, but they’re eager to face the ranked Pios at home.
Not certain who is going in goal for BSU tonight, but Denver will roll with Jussi Olkinuora tonight. The sophomore from Finland has gone 0-1-2 in his last three starts but has only allowed five goals.
Shane Frederick, beat writer for the Mankato Free Press and noted Mighty Mighty Bosstones scholar, has compiled a roundup of links from around the WCHA for today’s games. I will direct you to his blog, because that means I don’t have to do as much typing and linking.
Game tonight starts at 7:37. As always, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Twitter (@Jackhitts) so drop me a line if you have any questions.
Look for lineups and line charts on there, too.
Lines for Friday’s game:
Ben Kinne – Aaron McLeod – Jordan George
Radoslav Illo – Cory Ward – Danny Mattson
Brance Orban – Jeff Jubinville – David Boehm
Markus Gerbrandt – Mitch Cain – Brad Robbins
Jake Areshenko – Brady Wacker
Matt Carlson – Matt Prapavessis
Sam Rendle – Sam Windle
Grant Arnold – Nick Shore – Chris Knowlton
Gabe Levin – Shawn Ostrow – Daniel Doremus
Ty Loney – Quentin Shore – Matt Tabrum
– – Zac Larraza
Dakota Mermis – Paul Phillips
Joey LaLeggia – Scott Mayfield
Nolan Zajac – David Makowski