Tonight, the team will leave on their longest bus trip of the year — Houghton, Mich. They will drive to Duluth, spend the night there, then go the rest of the way on Thursday morning.
That’s why Mark MacMillan says: “Hopefully, the freshies come up big.”
He’s not just talking about on the ice this weekend. The freshmen are apparently in charge of bringing movies along to watch on the bus. That’s a lot of responsibility for the young guys.
As suspected, UND forward Michael Parks will not make the trip to Houghton, meaning he has about a month to recover from his leg injury. Parks hasn’t played a full period yet this season.
Coach Dave Hakstol also said there’s an “excellent” chance that Andrew Panzarella will be back in the lineup last weekend after a strong performance Saturday night. Panzarella had two hits on his opening shift and continued with his physical play throughout the game.
Hakstol said Panzarella earned a spot in the lineup because he practiced very well the two weeks prior. It’s up to Panzarella to stay in the lineup, Hakstol said.
Michigan Tech also has been banged up. Defenseman Daniel Sova will not play this weekend. Sophomore forward Tanner Kero is questionable after having an appendectomy last weekend. Other question marks include Chad Pietila and David Johnstone. For a full rundown of Tech’s injury situation, read this story.
This week, I chatted with a couple of NHL media people who are giving college hockey an extra spotlight due to the lockout. Look for that story in Thursday’s paper. I’ll have a Corban Knight feature for Friday’s paper.
If you want to re-read the live chat, check it out below.