Hanowski ‘doubtful’ for this weekend’s series at Denver; Morley is day-to-day

St. Cloud State’s Ben Hanowski (10) celebrates his first goal of the game Friday with Nic Dowd (26) and Drew LeBlanc (19) at the National Hockey and Event Center. Hanowski scored twice in the first period.

St. Cloud State captain Ben Hanowski is listed as “doubtful” for this weekend’s WCHA men’s series at Denver by Huskies head coach Bob Motzko.

Hanowski, a senior forward from Little Falls, was injured on a play early in the second period of Friday’s home game against Minnesota State-Mankato. He did not play in Saturday’s game and did not practice Monday.

“Ben is still resting,” Motzko said of Hanowski’s upper body injury. “He’s doubtful for this weekend.”

The news is a bit better on three other injured Huskies.

Freshman center David Morley did not play in Saturday’s game against the Mavericks because of a lower body injury. He also did not practice Monday.

“Morley got a day off,” Motzko said. “He’s day to day.

“It’s kind of to be expected that he’s going to get some bumps and bruises because he’s been out of competition for a year-and-a-half and still getting up to full speed.”

Morley received a medical redshirt last season because of lingering concussion symptoms suffered in a car accident.

Sophomore forward Joey Holka also did not practice Monday, but is expected to practice Tuesday.

Freshman forward Joey Benik broken leg is improving and should get out of his cast at some point next week. Benik suffered the injury in the first official practice of the season.

St. Cloud State (2-0 WCHA, 4-2 overall) is ranked No. 18 in the latest USCHO.com poll. The Huskies play this weekend at Denver (2-0, 4-0), which is ranked No. 3 in both national polls. Game times are 8:37 p.m. Friday and 8:07 p.m. Saturday.

The Huskies practice Tuesday and Wednesday in St. Cloud before leaving for Denver on Thursday morning.

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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