Shawn Hunwick, Alex Guptill held out of thin Michigan hockey practice
Senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick and freshman forward Alex Guptill did not participate in the Michigan hockey team’s practice on Monday after both were removed from games over the weekend for head-related ailments.
Michigan coach Red Berenson said he expected both Guptill and Hunwick to return to practice on Tuesday and to play this weekend against No. 2 Ohio State.
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“He should skate tomorrow,” Berenson said of Hunwick, before assuring the same about Guptill.
Dressed in street clothes and wearing a Detroit Tigers cap, Hunwick popped his head into a room full of reporters to crack a few jokes on Monday.
Whether he’s as healthy as his sense of humor remains to be seen.
Hunwick was replaced in net by sophomore Adam Janecyk before the third period of Michigan’s 4-2 win over Lake Superior State on Friday after complaining of sickness during the second intermission. Janecyk started the first game of his career the following night against the Lakers, after Hunwick complained of a headache Saturday morning.
Janecyk made 34 saves in a 2-2 tie, in which Michigan lost a shootout.
Guptill took a stick to the head in the second period of Saturday’s game and did not play in the third period or overtime. He had three assists and a goal in the series before the injury and is tied for the team lead in goals with 10.
Lindsay Sparks also did not participate in Monday’s practice. Sparks was given an injection for a hip injury and is expected to practice Tuesday.
The Wolverines also suffered an injury during practice as junior forward A.J. Treais took a slap shot to the arm and skated off in visible pain. Berenson said he expects Treais back Tuesday, as well.
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