Sophomore defensemen Zach Uens and Declan Carlile have both returned to practice for the Merrimack men’s hockey team. Uens and Carlile have been out of the lineup since the start of the season due to COVID protocols.
Merrimack head coach Scott Borek said that he hopes to have Uens back for this weekend’s home-and-home series against New Hampshire.
“We’re hopeful Uens will get a chance to play at least one game this weekend,” he said. “He has to get through two more days to be eligible for Saturday. Declan is back at practice but he doesn’t have time to get through the protocol. Tyler Heidt is still in the COVID protocol and he won’t be with us either.”
Borek said that Uens could be cleared as of Saturday morning. The series is set to begin on Saturday at 3:30.
Borek also provided an update on Logan Drevitch and Patrick Kramer, who left games this past weekend with injuries.
“Logan is out for a while,” he said. “He’s not going to need surgery, so that’s a positive. But he’s probably out 6-8 weeks. Kramer is still a little unknown. They’re trying to figure out if it’s a contusion on his lung, but he has bruised ribs and he’s very sore.”
Borek said that Jordan Seyfert is having surgery this week and will be out for the season.
“The positive about being banged up is that guys need to step up,” Borek said. “With Kramer, Seyfert, and Logan, that’s about 50 minutes of ice we need to make up. It’s forced Alex Jefferies, Filip Karlsson-Tagtstrom, Jake Lee, and Conor Lovett into roles bigger than they would have normally been in. That will help us down the road. Then when you get the injured players back, you’re that much better as a team.
“Declan and Zach are two of our best defensemen. Not having them has had an impact on Zach Vinnell, Liam Dennison, Patrick Holway, and Dom Dockery. The ice time they have had to take up will make them better and it will make us better when those guys get back.”