UMD to sit three players for Friday game vs. Michigan Tech

Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said Tuesday he’ll sit three players for Friday’s home game against Michigan Tech — winger and captain Cody Danberg and defenseman Wade Bergman (both seniors), and freshman forward Austin Farley — for a violation of team rules. The suspension is for one game.

The Bulldogs will also be without freshman defenseman Andy Welinski, who was injured Dec. 29 against Ferris State in the Florida College Classic in Estero, Fla. Welinski is expected to be ready for UMD’s series Jan. 18-19 at Colorado College.

Senior defenseman Drew Olson, also injured vs. Ferris State, is expected to be ready to play Friday. Goalie Aaron Crandall also has an injury and his playing status is day-to-day.

UMD’s coaching staff has reworked its lineup looking for more consistency. At practice this week:

Lines: Caleb Herbert-Tony Cameranesi-Mike Seidel; Justin Crandall-Jake Hendrickson-Joe Basaraba; Charlie Sampair-Austyn Young-Adam Krause; Dan DeLisle-Max Tardy-Keegan Flaherty; and Cody Danberg-Cal Decowski-Austin Farley.

Defensive pairs: Willie Corrin-Drew Olson; Tim Smith-Chris Casto; Derik Johnson-Luke McManus.

Top-ranked Minnesota finished its nonconference season 8-0 after defeating No. 2 Notre Dame 4-1 Tuesday night at Mariucci Arena. Nate Condon, Sam Warning, Christian Isackson and Zach Budish (empty net) scored for the Gophers. Freshman goalie Adam Wilcox (13-2-3) had 22 saves. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune here and St. Paul Pioneer Press here and here.