Bulldogs optimistic Gabbie Hughes, Dominic James will be back from injury this weekend
UMD women are hopeful to have Gabbie Hughes back for home series against Harvard while Dominic James is listed as probable for the Bulldogs' men's series at Western Michigan.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth coaches Maura Crowell and Scott Sandelin were optimistic on Wednesday during the Bulldogs' weekly media availability that their teams would have their top-line centers — Gabbie Hughes and Dominic James — back this weekend for key series.
Both Hughes and James suffered upper body injuries last weekend, and were back practicing with their respective teams at Amsoil Arena on Wednesday, though in no-contact jerseys.
Hughes, a fifth-year senior captain, leads the UMD women’s squad in scoring with three goals and 13 assists in 13 games. She missed five out of six periods last weekend after taking a hard hit late in the first period Friday of the sweep at St. Cloud State. Crowell said she is hopeful Hughes will be back in the lineup when UMD hosts Harvard in nonconference play at 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena.
“We take it day by day,” Crowell said heading into her team’s final nonconference series of the regular season. “Hopefully she feels good after practice.”
Hughes was the only player on Crowell’s injury report on Wednesday. Sandelin’s was a bit longer.
James, a sophomore with three goals and three assists this year, was listed as probable by Sandelin on Wednesday. James missed Saturday’s overtime win against Omaha at Amsoil Arena along with freshman defenseman Aiden Dubinsky, who has been ruled out for this weekend’s NCHC series at Western Michigan.
The Bulldogs could also be without senior wing Luke Loheit, who left practice early on Wednesday with an illness. Sandelin said Loheit is questionable for the 6 p.m. game Friday and 7 p.m. game Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The UMD men and women are both off next week for Thanksgiving. Both Bulldogs squads play home series Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10 before taking a multiweek break for Christmas.