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SCSU defenseman Josh Luedtke's condition has improved; lineup changes for the Huskies on Sunday

Sophomore from Minnetonka got checked and had his head hit the glass in a game against St. Thomas on Saturday

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Josh Luedtke
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — There are not a lot of details yet, but there is some good news to pass along on the injury of St. Cloud State men's hockey defenseman Josh Luedtke.

"The good thing is that some prayers have been answered," Huskies head coach Brett Larson told SCSU radio play-by-play announcer Jim Erickson in a pregame interview. "The scans and everything they did the hospital turned out good. Obviously, he was not feeling great this morning, but he's feeling a bit better."

Luedtke was playing the puck in the defensive zone when he took a check into the boards in the first period on Saturday in the Huskies' season-opener against St. Thomas at St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota Heights, Minn. As he took the hit, his head hit into the glass above the boards and he went down to the ice.

Luedtke, a sophomore from Minnetonka, Minn., went down to the ice after the hit and did not get up until after he had been loaded onto a stretcher by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital.

Luedtke is not in the lineup on Sunday for the second game of his team's series against St. Thomas at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

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Lineup changes

With Luedtke out of the lineup, there was bound to be at least one change for the Huskies on Sunday. But there are six new players in the lineup who did not play on Saturday.

Luedtke started Saturday as the defensive partner for sophomore Jack Peart. After the injury, junior Brady Ziemer was Peart's partner and he stays there on Sunday.

Cooper Wylie, a freshman from Stillwater, Minn., and Mason Reiners, a freshman from Edina, Minn., are in the lineup Sunday for their college debuts. Wylie is listed as t he defensive partner for Brendan Bushy and Reiners is listed as the seventh defenseman.

Senior Ondrej Trejbal, who was listed as the seventh defenseman to start on Saturday, is a healthy scratch.

The Huskies also have a whole new fourth line on Sunday. On Saturday, the fourth line had graduate student wing Aidan Spellacy, sophomore center Mason Salquist and freshman Jack Rogers. On Sunday, that line is replaced by freshman wing Ethan AuCoin, frehsman center Ryan Rosborough and freshman wing Grant Ahcan.

And the Huskies are starting a goalie who is making his SCSU debut on Sunday. Dominic Basse, a junior who played the last two seasons at Colorado College, is starting in goal. He replaces senior Jaxon Castor, who was the No. 1 star in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Tommies.

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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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