Benik expected to be out 6 weeks; Kossila not making trip to UNH; Friday’s game will be televised

St. Cloud State freshman wing Joey Benik

Wing Joey Benik is expected to be out six weeks with the broken leg he suffered on Saturday at the first official practice of season. That would put a possible collegiate debut for the freshman from Andover at about the end of November. Benik is in a cast from just below the knee on down.

KOSSILA TO SIT OUT THIS WEEKEND

Kalle Kossila, a freshman forward from Finland, will be the other player on the St. Cloud State roster not making the trip to New Hampshire. Kossila played last season for the Blues U20 team in the Finnish Junior A SM-liiga league. The team played two games last season with a player who had already played in pro hockey. The NCAA has players who played on junior teams in Europe in

St. Cloud State freshman forward Kalle Kossila

games with players who have played pro hockey sit out the number of games the pro played with them on the junior team.

Rasmus Reijola, Kossila’s teammate on the junior team and a freshman goalie for the Huskies, will make the trip. Reijola did not play in either game that the pro player played on their team. Reijola got all of his paperwork through the NCAA Clearinghouse on Monday and has been practicing all week.

FRIDAY’S GAME WILL BE TELEVISED

Friday’s season-opening game between St. Cloud State and New Hampshire will be televised on Fox College Sports Pacific (Charter Channel 418, DirecTV channel 623). The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night’s game will not be televised. There is live video streaming available for the games at www.UNHWildcats.tv and the cost is $9.95 per game.

The games will be on the radio locally on KNSI-FM 103.3 or KNSI-AM 1450. You can also listen to games online at www.knsiradio.com.

Mick Hatten

About Mick Hatten

I cover St. Cloud State hockey and I am a general assignment reporter for the sports department at the Times. 2012-13 was my third season covering the Huskies hockey programs. My wife Kristin and I have two boys (Luke, 5, and Josh, 3) and we live in St. Cloud. I have had two stints working at the Times. I worked here from 1986-91 as a part-time sports reporter and intern. I have been back since Aug. 1999. I spent one year as the prep sports coordinator, six years as the St. Cloud State reporter (football, men's and women's basketball and everything else but hockey) and spent four years as the Citizen Times editor. The last two years, I was also the editor of the Rocori Times and Sauk Rapids-Rice Times sections, which are mailed directly to people in those two school districts. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MickHatten or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sctimesmick. I do online chats about college hockey during the season from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays at www.sctimes.com.
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