MINNEAPOLIS - Colorado College junior left wing J.P. Brunkhorst said Friday he’ll miss at least three to four weeks while he recovers from mononucleosis.
Brunkhorst was diagnosed Tuesday with mono. His condition will be reevaluated next week, trainer Richard Quincy said. “I had been feeling sick for a couple days before last weekend’s games,” said Brunkhorst, who has one goal and one assist in 23 games. “It’s not something where I’m in pain. I just can’t do anything about it. You have to wait it out.” Doctors told Brunkhorst it might be a month before he’s able to resume physical contact because of the possibility of damage to his spleen. Brunkhorst could be cleared to skate before the series against No. 10 North Dakota, scheduled for Feb. 3-4 at World Arena. Brunkhorst, who missed 10 games last season because of a fractured collarbone, maintains mono won’t prevent him from watching CC on TV this weekend. “I don’t have to take naps,” Brunkhorst said. “It’s not like I can’t get up and do anything during the day. I’m awake through most stuff.” Braydon Cox took Brunkhorst’s left wing spot Friday on the fourth line, which featured right wing James Brannigan and center Brandon Polich. Brannigan hadn’t played since he suffered a slight AC joint separation in his right shoulder Dec. 16 against Alaska Anchorage. Freshman defenseman Jake Gannon, who had his tonsils removed Jan. 13, might return for the North Dakota series. Gannon last played Dec. 9 against Minnesota Duluth. CC coach Scott Owens said it’s “too early” to know whether freshman forward Andreas Vlassopoulos will play again this season. Vlassopoulos underwent arthroscopic surgery Dec. 7 to repair ligaments in his right knee. “My knee is just taking its time right now,” said Vlassopoulos, who injured his knee in the season opener. Calling all fans The next “Skate with the Tigers” event will be held 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Chapel Hills Ice Arena, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Players and coaches will be available for pictures and autographs. Admission is free. For more information, contact CC athletics marketing manager Jessica Bennett at 719-389-6336.