Benik practices with the rest of the team; Bertsch will be a healthy scratch; today’s renovation photos

 

St. Cloud State freshman forward Joey Benik (in the uniform with the cross) took part in his first practice with the team since breaking his leg in the first practice of the season.

Here’s a bit of good news. Forward Joey Benik, a freshman and St. Francis High School graduate, skated with the St. Cloud State men’s hockey team for the first time since breaking his leg in the first practice of the season. Benik has been at a very high percentage of the team’s practices since his injury and has looked rather stoic most of the time. He had a lot of smiles on the ice today after going through some drills wearing a no contact jersey. At the end of practice, Benik was skating hard on his own, working on his conditioning. Benik will get looked and asked a number of questions by the training crew to see how much (if any) pain he experiences on Friday. Bryan Demaine, the Huskies’ head trainer, asked Benik how he felt toward the end of practice and he said, “Pretty good.” If Benik continues to progress, there’s a chance he could play next weekend against Colorado College. The Huskies then have a week off before playing RPI. Both series are at home.

LINEUP CHANGES FOR FRIDAY

On Saturday, sophomore defenseman Andrew Prochno was a healthy scratch since the first series of his freshman season. On Friday, sophomore forward Brooks Bertsch will be a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. He missed the first nine games of last season with a hamstring injury. Bertsch has seen time this season anywhere from the top line to the fourth line. He has one goal and one assist and is a minus-2 in 14 games this season. He will be replaced in the lineup by sophomore Garrett Milan (9GP, 1-1-2, minus-2). Here’s a look at the probable lines for Friday’s game against Nebraska-Omaha:

Lines:

Kalle Kossila-Drew LeBlanc-Jonny Brodzinski

Ben Hanowski-Nic Dowd-David Morley

Jimmy Murray-Cory Thorson-Joey Holka

Nick Oliver-Joe Rehkamp-Garrett Milan

Defense

Andrew Prochno-Nick Jensen

Kevin Gravel-Ethan Prow

Jarrod Rabey-Tim Daly

Goalie:

Ryan Faragher

RENOVATION UPDATE

The temporary wall on the second deck of the south end of the National Hockey and Event Center has been removed. There have also been a few windows put into the temporary wall on the main concourse level, so fans will be able to take a look out toward the new main entrance that is being built in the renovation of the National Hockey and Event Center. Here’s a few looks at the progress (taken Thursday afternoon):

Work took place on the area where glass will be placed in the southwest corner of the National Hockey and Event Center.

A look at some of the recently completed sidewalk that goes from the southwest corner to the west ticket office at the National Hockey and Event Center.

A look from center ice up to the second deck of the National Hockey and Event Center. If you look closely, you can see that the temporary wall has been removed.

A closer look at the top of the second level of the south end of the National Hockey and Event Center.

A look at the top of the second level of the south end of the National Hockey and Event Center from the top step.

A look through a door to the new entrance being built in the renovation of the National Hockey and Event Center. This is from the top of the second level.

 

A look through a temporary window at the new south entrance of the National Hockey and Event Center. This was taken in the south concourse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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