Center Rylan Schwartz (above) has nearly beat his illness, while left wing Jaden Schwartz doesn’t have as much upper-body soreness and center Tim Hall has been cleared for contact after a head injury, so they’ll make Colorado College’s weekend trip to Minnesota-Duluth.
Rylan Schwartz skated Wednesday for the first 20 minutes of practice, feeling better from the flu that sidelined him earlier in the week. Jaden Schwartz was a full participant, not as hampered as he was Tuesday, when he was still experiencing the aftermath of a bruising weekend split against Nebraska-Omaha. And Hall finally dumped his no-contact jersey, recovered from an injury that he sustained Feb. 11 in a 4-1 defeat at Bemidji State.
Tigers coach Scott Owens said Rylan Schwartz is “coming back slowly. … He’s doing a little better.” Asked if Jaden Schwartz is limited, Owens said, “A little, but he made a real nice step.” He added, “This time of the year, I don’t think it hurts those guys as much.”
Everybody else is healthy, with the exception of right wing Dakota Eveland and left wing Michael Morin, who are out for the season. Others not traveling to Minnesota-Duluth are defenseman Ted Behrend, goaltender Courtney Lockwood, right wing Charlie Taft and defenseman Ian Young. CC flies into Duluth on Thursday, and it will practice there, with the focus on eliminating short-handed goals allowed and improving its penalty kill.
Defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth is “a very good team, a physical team,” said Owens, whose team is tied for fourth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and four notches out of the NCAA Tournament with two weekends left. Despite losses in three of the past four games, “I thought the guys came in wanting to get after it,” Owens said. “We skated well, with confidence. It has been a good week.”
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