Badgers hockey: Woods out; Johnson's young honoree

2012-11-01T19:30:00Z 2012-11-01T19:56:39Z Badgers hockey: Woods out; Johnson's young honoreeAndy Baggot | | 608-252-6175

Three weeks into the season and the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team continues to have trouble finding continuity at forward.

The latest chapter came Thursday when sophomore center Brendan Woods missed practice with an undisclosed lower-body injury suffered at practice Wednesday.

UW coach Mike Eaves said Woods won't play Friday night when the Badgers open a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series with Colorado College at the Kohl Center.

With Woods out, sophomore Matt Paape will move from wing to center and work between sophomore Brad Navin and freshman Morgan Zulinick.

The other UW lines will have junior Mark Zengerle between sophomore Joseph LeBate and junior Tyler Barnes, senior Derek Lee between juniors Michael Mersch and Keegan Meuer, and junior Jefferson Dahl between senior Ryan Little and junior Sean Little.

The Woods injury comes on the heels of Lee missing two games after being shaken up in a scooter accident, Zulinick being held out of a game because he failed to attend class and freshman winger Nic Kerdiles being suspended for 10 games by the NCAA for violating its code of amateurism.

The series opener with CC will include a pregame ceremony in which the ice sheet at the Kohl Center will be named "Bob Johnson Rink'' after the former UW coach and program architect.

Johnson's widow, Martha, was supposed to drop the ceremonial first puck, but health issues will prevent that. Instead, Brodie McConnell, the Johnson's 5-year-old grandson, will do the honors.


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