Minnesota Duluth freshman wing Quinn Olson has been ruled out for this weekend’s nonconference series against Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin said Olson — picked in the third round by the Boston Bruins in the 2019 NHL Draft — will miss the 7 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday against the Badgers with an upper body injury, however, junior forward Koby Bender may be available.
Bender suffered an upper body injury during the exhibition against Alberta on Oct. 5 at Amsoil Arena. His original prognosis was to be out three to four weeks, but the Cloquet native is close to getting back, Sandelin said.
Olson left Friday’s game against UMass-Lowell midway through the third period after going hard into the boards off a check. He didn’t return and missed Saturday in the series finale against the River Hawks.
UMD was down to just 12 healthy forwards on Saturday against Lowell, and would be in the same situation again minus Olson and Bender.
The Bulldogs and Badgers play this weekend for the first time since the former WCHA rivals left the league after the 2012-13 season.