Connolly Update

     Minnesota Duluth forward recruit Mike Connolly of the Camrose Kodiaks, who injured a knee earlier this season, may return for the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoffs, according to the Edmonton Journal. Camrose has a first-round bye and won’t open the playoffs until March 9-10 at home.

The Edmonton Journal

     Camrose forward Mike Connolly could return to the Kodiaks lineup for the third round of the playoffs. The 20-year-old injured his knee Jan. 13 against the Drumheller Dragons. He had 66 points and 25 goals in 37 games. Connolly had been on a line with University of Denver recruit Joe Colborne.
     Also,  another UMD recruit, forward Jake Hendrickson of Burnsville, had his season ended Wednesday as Anders Lee scored with 38.7 seconds left in overtime to give Edina a 4-3 win over Burnsville in the Section 2AA championship game at Mariucci Arena.
     Also, this week’s edition of the Northland Connection, those in professional hockey with connections to NE Minnesota, NW Wisconsin and UMD:

NORTHLAND CONNECTION

NHL

Sean Hill, Minnesota, 24 GP, 0-3-3

Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey, 46 GP, 11-25-36

Matt Niskanen, Dallas, 66 GP, 6-17-23

Mason Raymond, Vancouver, 39 GP, 6-12-18; Manitoba, 20 GP, 7-10-17

Craig Weller, Phoenix, 44 GP, 2-7-9

AHL

Zach FitzGerald, Manitoba, 47 GP, 5-3-8; Vancouver, 1 GP, 0-0-0

Alex Goligoski, Wilkes-Barre, 50 GP, 7-15-22; Pittsburgh

Tim Hambly, Quad City, 51 GP, 4-19-23

Junior Lessard, Norfolk 19 GP, 6-9-15; Iowa, 36 GP, 10-11-21; Dallas, 2 GP, 0-0-0

Jay Rosehill, Norfolk, 46 GP, 3-1-4

Andy Sertich, Bridgeport, 19 GP, 2-2-4

Steve Wagner, Peoria, 20 GP, 5-6-11; St. Louis, 24 GP, 2-6-8

ECHL

Steve Czech, Florida, 41 GP, 3-7-10

Beau Geisler, Stockton, 11 GP, 1-5-6

Ryan Geris, Stockton, 39 GP, 1-7-8

Gino Guyer, Phoenix, 33 GP, 9-14-23; Alaska 9 GP, 1-2-3

Josh Johnson, South Carolina, 31 GP, 19-11, 2.81 goals-against, .908 save percentage

Dan Kronick, Elmira, 19 GP, 6-8-14; Florida, 13GP, 0-1-1

Bryan McGregor, Pensacola, 54 GP, 11-13-24

Marco Peluso, Las Vegas, 19 GP, 2-4-6

Aaron Slattengren, Augusta, 33 GP 28-16-44; Providence (AHL), 9 GP 6-3-9; Manitoba 5GP, 0-0-0

IHL

Jay Hardwick, Muskegon, 46 GP, 3-2-5

Issac Reichmuth, Muskegon, 23 GP, 11-9, 3.52 goals-against, .894 save percentage

INTERNATIONAL

Finland

Evan Schwabe, Pelicans, 53 GP, 11-15-26

Tim Stapleton, Jokerit Helsinki, 52 GP, 28-32-60

Germany

Nick Anderson, Fuessen EV, 42 GP, 31-26-57

T.J. Caig, Heilbronner, 20 GP, 6-9-15; Graz EC, Austria, 10 GP, 0-5-5

Brett Hammond, Bad Nauheim, 39 GP, 18-18-36

England

Luke Stauffacher, Manchester, 25 GP, 11-15-26

Italy

Neil Petruic, Bolzano HC, 37 GP, 1-12-13

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