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Genoway, Trupp Out Indefinitely for North Dakota

CHN Staff Report

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A two-game sweep of Minnesota-Duluth over the weekend propelled North Dakota to the top spot in the current Pairwise, but the Fighting Sioux may have paid a significant price the victories.

Freshman forward Evan Trupp, the team's top-scoring rookie, and sophomore defenseman Chay Genoway, the WCHA's top-scoring defenseman in points-per game, will both be out of the North Dakota lineup indefinitely after suffering major injuries over the weekend.

No timetable has been set for their returns, and whether or not they will return to the lineup at all this season remains questionable.

Genoway, who has amassed 22 points in 30 games this season, was injured in the first period of Sunday's game after being checked from behind into the boards by Minnesota-Duluth junior forward Michael Gergen, a former teammate of Genoway's. Gergen was ejected from the game for the hit.

The loss of Genoway, who is second on the team with a +19 on-ice rating, leaves the Fighting Sioux with six active defensemen.

Trupp, meanwhile, was injured in the second period on Saturday, fracturing a bone in his leg according to the Grand Forks Herald. Trupp (eight goals, five assists) had played in every game for North Dakota this season until his injury.

The injuries to Genoway and Trupp come a week before the end of the WCHA regular season. North Dakota is in the midst of a nation-best 15-game unbeaten streak and will host St. Cloud in a pair of games this weekend. The Fighting Sioux sit only two points behind first-place Colorado College in the WCHA standings.

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