Benik update, a few notes from SCSU men’s hockey practice

I spoke with Joey Benik a bit at practice today. He said his cast is scheduled to come off on Oct. 29. Benik broke his leg the first day of official practice. He said that he got a good report on an X-ray he had over the weekend.

Of course, getting the cast off and being ready to be in a game is a different thing. Add at least two more weeks to when he gets the cast off to when he might be able to get into a game. An educated guess is that, if things go well, he might be ready for the Nov. 23-24 series at Minnesota-Duluth. The coaching staff, after last season’s situation with Drew LeBlanc, is staying pretty quiet about a comeback date for Benik.


It was precautionary, but sophomore forward Brooks Bertsch did not practice Tuesday. Bertsch went down to block a shot on Saturday at New Hampshire, went down on one knee and a shot found an area between the shin pads and the breezers. He should be back at practice on Wednesday.


Sophomore forward Joey Holka was the best player on the ice on Friday for St. Cloud State, according to coach Bob Motzko. On Saturday, he was moved up from the fourth line to a line with Jimmy Murray and Nic Dowd. Holka responded with a goal, helped set up another and was a team-leading plus-3 on the weekend. Holka was on that line again for practice Tuesday.

“He stepped up and played two determined games. After we moved him up, he scored a goal and had an (unofficial) assist. We need more of that,” Motzko said.

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 or on Facebook at I do online chats about college hockey during the season from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays at
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