Add senior center Aaron Slattengren to the list of Colorado College hockey players expected to miss this week’s IceBreaker Invitational. Slattengren injured his knee during practice Wednesday when he was checked against the boards and left World Arena on crutches. The extent of his injury will be known today, but he should be sidelined at for least four weeks, CC trainer Richard Quincy said. The No. 7 Tigers will play this week without Slattengren, junior wings Scott Thauwald (knee) and Braydon Cox (knee), sophomore forward Jimmy Kilpatrick (ankle) and freshman defenseman Jake Gannon (hand). Freshman center Chad Rau should be healthy enough to return from an ankle injury that he suffered during a summer workout, Quincy said. Losing Slattengren, who had 25 points in 41 games last season, puts more pressure on CC’s top line, which will consist of senior left wing Brett Sterling, senior center Marty Sertich and sophomore right wing Derek Patrosso. Senior Trevor Frischmon will back up Sertich at center for the IceBreaker games against Union College and No. 11 Maine. CC’s other centers include Rau, junior Brandon Polich and freshman Andreas Vlassopoulos. CC coach Scott Owens said senior Jesse Stokke will play primarily at forward, leaving the Tigers with only six defensemen. Stokke is expected to be part of CC’s penalty-killing units. “The good thing about a majority of these injuries is that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Owens said. “These guys are going to be back, maybe not this weekend, but they’re not going to be out until Christmas.” Junior defenseman Brandon Straub maintains the rash of injuries doesn’t cause concern. “It definitely throws a little bit of a speed bump at things,” Straub said. “But we have a lot of guys who are good at a lot of positions.” On the recruiting trail The Tigers have four known commitments in Tri-City Storm defenseman Brian Connelly, Sioux Falls Stampede forward Matt Overman and defenseman Nate Prosser, and forward Bill Sweatt, who competes for the U.S. National Team Development Program’s under-18 team. Bill is the younger brother of CC junior defenseman Lee Sweatt. Last year, Bill played for the NTDP’s under-17 team as a 15-year-old. Rud making a splash St. Cloud State interim coach Bob Motzko said former CC assistant Eric Rud has made an immediate impact since he joined the Huskies’ coaching staff. “He walked into that (locker) room with a little presence,” Motzko said. “It has been two weeks since he has been around, and everyone is excited to have him. We hit a home run with him.” Rud, a former CC defenseman, filled in for Tigers assistant Norm Bazin last season while Bazin recovered from injuries suffered in a car accident. TV exposure Fifteen of CC’s 38 regularseason games will be on television. Nine games, including Saturday’s finale of the IceBreaker Invitational, can be seen on Adelphia 32. Games also will be broadcast on ABC affiliate KRDO, FSN Rocky Mountain, FSN North, ESPNU and CSTV. Slap shots Owens said junior Matt Zaba will start in goal Saturday against Maine, although he’s unsure whether Zaba, freshman Drew O’Connell or junior Chris Kawano will start Friday vs. Union. . . . Lakehead University, which is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, will receive a small guarantee for playing an exhibition Sunday at World Arena and for playing exhibition games against Denver and Air Force, Owens said. . . . Union was picked to finish eighth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ and media polls. Maine was picked to finish third in the Hockey East preseason coaches’ poll. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0256 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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