Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published April 08 2011
Sioux hockey notebook: Nelson taken to hospital after leaving ice on a stretcher
During the opening frame of Michigan’s 2-0 win over UND, Nelson took a shot off a rush with 12 minutes, 28 seconds left. Nelson sustained a check from Luke Glendening at the same time he shot and fell awkwardly and went hard into the boards.
He remained on the ice with trainers for a couple of minutes and was taken off on a stretcher. Nelson was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.
UND called it a lower-body injury.
In his absence, fourth-line center Mario Lamoureux moved between Brent Davidson and Danny Kristo on the third line and the Sioux mixed and matched the fourth line.
Nelson entered the NCAA tournament on a roll, tallying 11 points in 11 games. For the season, the first-round pick of the New York Islanders and former Warroad, Minn., resident had eight goals, 13 assists and 21 points.
Nelson sustained an upper-body injury in the first game of the NCAA tournament against RPI.
‘The Voice’ misses national semifinal
There was a notable absence in the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.
Longtime UND men’s hockey radio play-by-play commentator Tim Hennessy did not make the trip to St. Paul because he had surgery Thursday to clear a blockage in his carotid artery.
According to a family statement, Hennessy “is resting comfortably” at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and he is expected to make a full recovery.
Hennessy has been the voice of the Fighting Sioux radio network for about 35 years. He called national championship UND teams in 1980, 1982, 1987, 1997 and 2000.
In his absence, Darrin Looker handled the play-by-play duties. Looker, of Thief River Falls, Minn., has been the play-by-play commentator for the Sioux women’s team for the past five years.
Michigan’s Burlon sits against Sioux
Despite practicing on Wednesday at Xcel Energy center, Michigan defenseman Brandon Burlon didn’t play in the semifinal game against UND.
Burlon missed the NCAA Midwest Regional with an illness that reportedly caused him to lose 17 pounds. Burlon rejoined practice after the regional.
A second-round pick of the New Jersey Devils, Burlon is one of the top defensemen for the Wolverines. He has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 38 games this season.
UND goalie Eidsness wins academic award
UND junior goaltender Brad Eidsness won the Elite 88 award at the Frozen Four for having the highest cumulative grade-point average of any athlete participating in the event.
Eidsness, a junior majoring in entrepreneurship, currently holds a 3.76 on a straight grading scale, which is used to ensure consistency among institutions.
Eligible student athletes have to be at least sophomores and traveling members of the team. Eidsness was presented with the award at the Frozen Four reception on Wednesday evening in downtown St. Paul.
Lamoureux wins Lowe’s award
Air Force Academy senior and Grand Forks native Jacques Lamoureux has won the Lowe’s Senior Class Award, which honors the college hockey player with the top resume in four areas: classroom, character, community and competition.
Lamoureux accepted a trophy during the second intermission of the Notre Dame vs. Minnesota-Duluth game on Thursday afternoon.
Lamoureux, who played for Grand Forks Central, finished his career as the all-time leading goal scorer in Atlantic Hockey, despite only playing in the conference for three years. He racked up 79 goals, 60 assists and 139 points in his career.
Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald