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Union's Mat Bodie close to returning; RPI's Lee, McGowan out

Some injury updates on the Union and RPI hockey teams:

— Union junior defenseman Mat Bodie could be back sooner than expected from his broken left wrist.

Dutchmen coach Rick Bennett said on Wednesday that Bodie's status is now day-to-day. Bodie, the Dutchmen's captain, had been expected to be out until after the Christmas break.

Bodie broke the wrist on the first shift of the game against RPI Nov. 2. He has missed the last five games.

"It's not as bad as before," Bennett said. "Will you see him in the lineup Friday night [against Quinnipiac]? I don't know yet. Is it a possibility? Yes, it's a possibility. But we're just not sure yet."

Bennett isn't surprised by how fast Bodie is healing.

"He's like the Wolverine. He heals quickly," Bennett said. "He's got this skeletal system that's just different from everybody else in the country. He's going to heal quickly."

— Dutchmen junior left winger Cole Ikkala is most likely out this weekend with a lower-body injury. He was hurt in Sunday's game against Penn State.

— Over at RPI, the Engineers will be without at least two of their players for their games against Princeton and Quinnipiac this weekend.

Senior forward and team captain CJ Lee (back, knee) won't be back until after Christmas. Also out is sophomore forward Mark McGowan, who has mono.

RPI coach Seth Appert said forwards Brock Higgs, Johnny Rogic and Zach Schroeder are questionable.

The Engineers have been off since beating Mercyhurst, 4-1, Nov. 17.

"We'll be just fine," Appert said. "We've got plenty of guys in that locker room, and the guys that play have to deliver, and they've got to step up and they've got to take ownership of their opportunity."

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