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SCSU captain Spencer Meier misses Friday's game, will be out for several weeks

Fifth-year defenseman from Sartell, Minn., has an upper body injury

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\St. Cloud State defenseman Spencer Meier (9) tried to block a pass by St. Thomas forward Matthew Jennings (9) in the second period Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at the St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota Heights.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The fourth-ranked St. Cloud State men's hockey team played Friday night's game without its three-year captain.

Spencer Meier, a fifth-year defenseman from nearby Sartell, missed the game for the fourth-ranked Huskies due to an upper body injury. It is not the first game that Meier will miss, either. The Huskies played 17th-ranked Western Michigan in their NCHC home opener Friday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Sophomore from Minnetonka suffered a concussion on a hit in a game against St. Thomas on Oct. 1. He returned to play in his first game Saturday at Denver

"It's kind of a week-to-week thing right now," Huskies coach Brett Larson said. "Hope to get him back within the next few weeks."

Meier played in SCSU's first 10 games this season and has two goals, two assists, two power-play goals, eight blocked shots, is a plus-2 and is averaging 16 minutes, 53 seconds per game. He has been a staple to the Huskies' lineup since he arrived in 2018, playing in 149 games with 16 goals, 57 points and is a plus-6 in his career.
Meier had been the defensive partner with senior Dylan Anhorn for most of the season. Sophomore Josh Luedtke replaced Meier as Anhorn's partner.

"Josh competes every game he plays," Larson said. "I liked him enough. But with that being said, I don't think there's a guy in that room that would tell you they had their best night tonight ... other than Micah (Miller), but Micah would never say it either."

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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