Check out first-year coach Matt Thomas getting all coachy in his debut as UAA bench boss -- instead of the traditional complement of dressing 12 fowards and six defenseman, he's going with 11 and seven against Quinnipiac in the Kendall Hockey Classic at Sullivan Arena.
Dressing seven D gives Thomas some flexibility -- the thought here is that sophomore Blake Leask can get some power-play time and sophomore Chris Williams can lend a physical presence.
Five rookies in the lineup, four at forward.
Here's the 11 forwards:
And here's the seven D"
And Rob Gunderson gets the start in goal, with Michael Matyas the backup.