Some Tuesday Puck Notes

  Here are a few items from Tuesday at the rink:

    UMD sophomore center Jack Connolly was ill and missed practice, but is expected to play Friday at home against Minnesota State-Mankato. Back at practice were forward Kyle Schmidt (who took a two-handed whack to an ankle Friday against Lake Superior State and sat out Sunday against Northern Michigan); and winger Mike Connolly, who missed the first two games for a violation of team rules.

     Sophomore center Travis Oleksuk suffered a sprained knee in the Lake Superior State game and is out three to six weeks, although athletic trainer Suz Hoppe is expecting his recovery to be closer to three weeks. Oleksuk was off crutches Tuesday. Senior defenseman Trent Palm, still recovering from two off-season hip surgeries, is progressing well, said Hoppe, although his return is still an undetermined few weeks away.

Herbert, Krause in Elite League

     Two UMD recruits continue to put up numbers in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League. Through 15 games, Southeast forward Caleb Herbert of Bloomington, Minn., leads the league in scoring with 30 points (12 goals and 18 assists). North forward Adam Krause of Hermantown leads the league in goals with 13.

UMD women locate goalie

   When backup goalie Lana Steck was lost to an ankle sprain last Friday, in warmups before facing St. Cloud State, the UMD women were left with just one goalie — freshman Jennifer Harss of Germany. That sent coach Shannon Miller looking for help. Freshman Katie Gilderman of Proctor talked with the UMD coach and was at practice Tuesday. The 2009 high school graduate, and former goalie for the Proctor-Hermantown-Duluth Marshall girls team, is at UMD pursuing a bio-chemistry degree.