Minnesota senior defenseman Jake Parenteau suffered a broken leg in Friday’s tie with Michigan State.
Minnesota coach Don Lucia confirmed the diagnosis after the Gophers’ win Saturday and said Parenteau will be out indefinitely.
The Gophers have only seven defensemen on their roster, so their depth at the position will be tested while Parenteau is out.
Minnesota defenseman Brady Skjei has been named to the preliminary U.S. roster for the World Junior Championship, so the Gophers could be down to five defensemen when they next play in the Mariucci Classic Jan. 3-4.
Parenteau played in 13 of Minnesota’s first 14 games this season, registering one assist and a plus-13 rating. He has been a regular in the Gophers’ lineup since his sophomore year.