An idle weekend last week benefitted UAA, which this weekend will get winger Tommy Grant, defenseman Brad Gorham and center Nick Haddad back in the lineup.
All three of those players missed the Seawolves' last series at St. Cloud State with injuries -- Grant (knee), Gorham (knee), Haddad (hip) -- but should be in the lineup Friday night at Minnesota State-Mankato.
The Seawolves are tied for seventh place in the WCHA with Minnesota. Both have 18 points, three points behind sixth-place North Dakota, though the Gophers have two games in hand on the Seawolves. Minnesota entertains fifth-place Colorado College this weekend.
UAA can gain even more separation from Mankato, which sits ninth, five points back of UAA and Minnesota. The Mavericks likewise have two games in hand on UAA, which next week plays the home-and-home Governor's Cup against UAF and then finishes with a home series against current third-place (tie) Minnesota-Duluth.