Colorado College senior defenseman Weston Tardy will be sidelined until Christmas because of a broken right thumb, trainer Richard Quincy said Tuesday.
Two pins will be placed in Tardy’s thumb when he undergoes surgery today. Quincy said the typical recovery time for a broken thumb is six weeks, meaning Tardy probably will miss CC’s next seven series. Tardy broke his thumb Oct. 21 against Notre Dame but played through pain last weekend at Minnesota State-Mankato. CC coach Scott Owens said Tardy opted for surgery after his thumb worsened the past couple of days. “He can’t shoot the puck, and he can’t pass it very hard,” Owens said. “Our season is very long. I would rather have him healthy for the last three-plus months than have to be dealing with the constant issues.” Freshman defenseman Cody Lampl noticed Tardy was in pain at Mankato. “Every time you could see him shoot, he was grimacing,” Lampl said. “It didn’t matter if his thumb fell off. He was going to play.” Quincy said it would be tough for Tardy to make it through the season if he doesn’t have surgery. “It’s just not in place,” Quincy said of Tardy’s thumb. Tardy started the season alongside Jack Hillen and skated last weekend with Brian Salcido. If Hillen remains next to Lee Sweatt and Jesse Stokke continues skating with Brandon Straub, Lampl or Jake Gannon will be paired with Salcido. “I feel confident with the seven defensemen that we have,” Owens said. “I think we took a nice step last weekend, getting some things solidified. Losing a senior defenseman doesn’t help us, but it’s an opportunity to play Jake and Cody a little bit.” Final Five to stay in St. Paul The WCHA and the Xcel Energy Center have signed a five-year contract extension that will keep the WCHA Final Five in St. Paul, Minn., through the 2010-11 season, WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod said Tuesday. The WCHA Final Five has been held at the Xcel Energy Center the past five seasons. This season’s tournament is scheduled for March 16-18. “We are excited to welcome the WCHA Final Five back for another five years,” St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly said in a statement. Season ticket packages for the WCHA Final Five will be made available Dec. 1 through Ticketmaster. Group ticket sales begin Dec. 12. Single-game tickets go on sale March 6. Slap shots Owens said he’s optimistic that winger Scott Thauwald (knee) will play at least one game this weekend against St. Cloud State. . . . Aaron Slattengren, who normally plays center, has remained at left wing on CC’s second line with center Trevor Frischmon and right wing Joey Crabb. . . . Former CC forward Peter Sejna, the 2003 Hobey Baker Award winner, has been recalled by the St. Louis Blues and former CC defenseman Richard Petiot has been recalled by the Los Angeles Kings. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0256 or firstname.lastname@example.org