On Tuesday, all Union junior goalie Troy Grosenick did was have a skill session with assistant coach Jason Tapp. Grosenick didn’t participate in the Dutchmen’s first practice after the first trimester exam period ended.
But on Wednesday, Grosenick participated in the Dutchmen’s one-hour, 45-minute practice at Messa Rink as the nation’s eighth-ranked team prepares to host Penn State, NCAA hockey’s newest team, in a two-game series at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Grosenick injured his right leg in the Dutchmen’s 6-2 win at Harvard on Nov. 9. The initial thought was that Grosenick would be out three to four weeks.
But an MRI three days later showed no damage to the leg, and Grosenick’s prognosis was upgraded to day-to-day.
“It felt great. I’m back to 100 percent. There are no problems,” said Grosenick, who is 4-1-1 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage this season. “Everything’s good.”
Grosenick, who is the defending Ken Dryden Award winner as ECAC Hockey goalie of the year, reported no problems moving from side to side.
“We thought he looked very good,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “We were talking about it, as a staff, but more importantly, talking to Jason. He was on and making saves that a lot of guys can’t. That tells us he’s somewhat back to normal.”
Grosenick could play in one of the two games against the Nittany Lions this weekend. That won’t be decided until either after Friday’s practice or Saturday’s morning skate. If Grosenick can’t play, Niskayuna native Colin Stevens will start.
“That’s what we’re trying to figure out,” Bennett said. “We’re trying to find out the best possible way to get him in game shape and get him ready for league play while, at the same time, give him that extra day [off]. We’re 50-50 right now.”
Grosenick said: “If my number’s circled, I’ll be ready.”
The Dutchmen haven’t played since a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth on Nov. 10. That gave plenty of time for Grosenick to rehabilitate the leg and study for final exams.
“It’s frustrating having to sit out and watch practice,” Grosenick said. “Rehabbing’s not really fun. I used some of the extra time to get some studying done.”