Coach Scott Owens was pleased with his team’s preparation to this point.
“We’re pretty happy,” Owens said Friday. “Our quality and depth has been good and our conditioning is about as good as you’d expect. It’s a very focused group.”
The Tigers will dress 23 players under international rules, including all three goalies. There is no set plan for whether all three netminders will play.
“We’ll see how the game is going,” Owens said. “All three have been good. The hard part will be figuring out which five not to play.”
William Rapuzzi will be out, meaning 27 of 28 Tigers are healthy and competing for the 23 spots.
Fans should not read too much into the lines for Sunday’s game since the coaches will use the exhibitions to try out combinations and see which click.
“We’re just trying to get a starting point,” Owens said.
Senior captain Nick Dineen and assistant Gabe Guentzel have both looked good in practice so far, Owens said.
“(Nick is) quicker and stronger and has improved his shot,” he said. “Gabe is very focused and even more confident.”
Owens also cited some improvement from Scott Winkler, Dakota Eveland, Archie Skalbeck and Alexander Krushelnyski “just to mention a few. The majority look to have had good summers.”