SCSU's Lee Out for Season
by Dan Myers/CHN Staff
MANKATO, Minn. The lower body injury sustained by St. Cloud State goaltender Mike Lee will cost him the rest of the season, sources close to College Hockey News have said. The junior from Roseau, Minn. is set to have surgery Tuesday on an ailing groin muscle.
Lee was expected to carry the load in goal for the Huskies this season, but was injured in practice two weeks ago, just days before St. Cloud was set to play in Grand Forks at Ralph Engelstad Arena against North Dakota. He didn't make the trip and word circulated quickly that he was injured.
The Huskies have brought a pair of freshmen with them on each of their two road trips without Lee, and Ryan Faragher has started and played every minute since the injury.
"He's given us a chance each night he's been in there so far," said Huskies head coach Bob Motzko Saturday after a 3-2 St. Cloud win at Minnesota State.
If he chooses, Lee should have the ability to petition for a medical redshirt season, as the year was just six games old when the injury occurred. Whether he chooses that route is to be determined. Lee is a third round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes and likely would have had an opportunity to leave after this season had he remained healthy.
Lee was off to a rough start this season, but was 12-14-4 last season, boasting a 2.75 goals against and a save percentage of .910.
Behind Faragher, the Huskies have freshman Joe Phillippi and senior Nate Hardy. Neither have played a minute in their collegiate careers.
UPDATE: Mick Hatten of the St. Cloud Times spoke with both Lee and Motzko on Sunday. Both have said it is not the groin muscle that is injured. Our source indicated however that it is in groin area. Either way, it is a lower body injury that will require surgery Tuesday and in all likelihood cost Lee the season.