UND will be missing two-thirds of its top line this weekend.
In addition to the absence of Brett Hextall (arm), which is expected to be at least a month, the Sioux also will be without their top two-way forward in Jason Gregoire.
Gregoire crashed into the boards, apparently during a warmup drill, during practice this week. He will be out indefinitely.
Hextall and Gregoire had been on the wings of the top line, centered by Corban Knight. This means we will see some major shakeups in UND’s forward units.
With some big holes to fill at forward, it would not be entirely surprising if the Sioux gave another defenseman — other than JoeÂ Gleason –Â reps at forward, especially considering UND’s depth on the blue line.
This also will mean adjustments on the special teams units as Gregoire was key to the penalty kill and power play. Mike Cichy figures to continue getting a look on the power play. Perhaps, Brock Nelson will see time once again on that unit as well. I’ll also be interested to see if Derek Rodwell gets a look there.
Some info for those of you who want to follow the game tonight:
In person: According to Ticketmaster.com, even more tickets were released for this weekend. There are about 160 available for tonight’s game andÂ there are 17 tickets left for Saturday’s game.
TV: Fighting Sioux Sports Network, Midco Sports Network, FCS Central, DirecTV 623 tonight, DirecTV 617 on Saturday.
Radio: 96.1 FM in GF; 970 AM in Fargo
Live blog: You got it right here, http://undhockey.areavoices.com