The two injured St. Cloud State men’s hockey players have definitive directions for Friday’s NCHC playoff game against Miami.
Sophomore center David Morley will be in the lineup after missing the last three games with an upper body injury. Morley will play center on a line with freshman Daniel Tedesco and junior Garrett Milan on the wings.
Junior defenseman Andrew Prochno will not play Friday, but has not been ruled out for the series against the RedHawks. Prochno has missed the last five games with a lower body injury.
The Huskies play Miami at 7:37 p.m. Friday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The teams play Saturday, and if necessary, Sunday at 7:07 p.m. The games will be on TV on FOX Sports North Plus and all first-round playoff series will be available on a live video stream on www.nchchockey.com.
On TV, the games will be on Charter Channels 227, 327 and 827 in St. Cloud. The games will be on Comcast Cable 963 and 254 in the Twin Cities. FSN Plus is on DirecTV on 652-1 and 652 and on DISH Network 9574, 452 and 412-40.
3 players, Motzko named top 3 finalists for NCHC awards
Prochno, senior center Nic Dowd, junior goalie Ryan Faragher and head coach Bob Motzko have each been named finalists for NCHC awards.
Dowd, who has been named to the All-NCHC first team and his team’s NCHC Scholar-Athlete this week, is up for three more honors.
Dowd is one of four finalists for NCHC Player of the Year. The other finalists are Nebraska-Omaha junior forward Josh Archibald, Denver senior goalie Sam Brittain and North Dakota senior defenseman Dillon Simpson.
Dowd is one of three finalists for Forward of the Year. The other two finalists are Miami junior Austin Czarnik and Archibald.
And Dowd is one of three finalists for Defensive Forward of the Year. The other finalists are Western Michigan senior Chase Balisy and Colorado College senior Alexander Krushelnyski.
Prochno, an All-NCHC honorable mention pick, is a finalist for Defenseman of the Year. The other finalists in the category are Denver junior Joey LaLeggia and North Dakota senior Dillon Simpson.
Faragher is one of three finalists for Goaltender of the Year. The other finalists are Brittain and North Dakota sophomore Zane Gothberg.
Motzko is one of three finalists for Herb Brooks Coach of the Year. Nebraska-Omaha’s Dean Blais and North Dakota’s Dave Hakstol are the other finalists.
The winners of the awards will be announced March 20 at the NCHC Awards Celebration in Minneapolis.
Player of the Year
Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha; Sam Brittain, Denver; Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State; Dillon Simpson, North Dakota.
Herb Brooks Coach of the Year
Dean Blais, Nebraska-Omaha; Dave Hakstol, North Dakota; Bob Motzko, St. Cloud State.
Forward of the Year
Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha; Austin Czarnik, Miami; Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State
Defenseman of the Year
Joey LaLeggia, Denver; Dillon Simpson, North Dakota; Andrew Prochno, St. Cloud State
Goaltender of the Year
Sam Brittain, Denver; Ryan Faragher, St. Cloud State; Zane Gothberg, North Dakota
Rookie of the Year
Jake Guentzel, Nebraska-Omaha; Trevor Moore, Denver; Jaccob Slavin, Colorado College
Offensive Defenseman of the Year
Joey LaLeggia, Denver; Dillon Simpson, North Dakota; Jaccob Slavin, Colorado College
Defensive Forward of the Year
Chase Balisy, Western Michigan; Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State; Alexander Krushelnyski, Colorado College