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Report: Jack Dougherty to miss Colorado trip with lower-body injury

Already without the services of Eddie Wittchow due to injury, the Badgers lose another defenseman as Jack Dougherty was ruled out with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

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An already thin blueline for the Wisconsin men's hockey team has taken another hit. As first reported by the Wisconsin State Journal, freshman defenseman Jack Dougherty will not make the trip to Colorado this weekend due to an undisclosed lower-body injury.

The Badgers play at Colorado College Friday night and travel to Denver on Saturday to face the Pioneers. Saturday's game will be televised by Root Sports Rocky Mountain.

Dougherty's injury isn't expected to keep him out of the lineup for long. According to head coach Mike Eaves, surgery is not required. The State Journal reported that Dougherty has sat out practice the entire week, and was seen wearing a brace on his left knee. Eaves noted the Badgers will re-evaluate Dougherty on Monday.

The loss is a big one for a Wisconsin team already without the services of Eddie Wittchow. The junior defenseman broke his finger vs. North Dakota and is out for the foreseeable future.

That leaves the Badgers with just six healthy defensemen, including freshman Cullen Hurley, who was recruited as a forward out of Muskegon in the USHL. Hurley will be the 11th Wisconsin freshman to see the ice this season when he makes his collegiate debut vs. CC Friday night.

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