UND defenseman Troy Stecher will be out for roughly 6-8 weeks after sustaining a lower leg injury during Saturday night’s win over Lake Superior State.
It’s a big loss for UND as Stecher has been one of the team’s best two-way defensemen this season. He has been a huge part of the penalty killing unit that will be put to test by the NCHC’s top power play this weekend.
Stecher also has been able to add offense. He has nine points in 17 games so far this season, putting him in a tie for eighth in the NCHC among defenseman scoring.
In his absence, UND will look to either Nick Mattson or Andrew Panzarella to step into the lineup. Mattson gives UND more of an offensive presence, while Panzarella adds to the team’s physicality.