Frk-y Friday

Mooseheads will Frk in the lineup to open QMJHL playoffs against Moncton Wildcats

The Mooseheads will have Frk in the lineup to open the QMJHL playoffs against the Moncton Wildcats. (photo credit: Richard Lafortune)

The Mooseheads kick-off their playoff run Friday night against the Moncton Wildcats and they will likely have one of the top performers back in the lineup. Martin Frk looks ready to return after missing time following a hit on the final weekend of the regular season. It’s understandable that the team would take their time with Frk as he missed considerable time already this season following concussion issues coming out of training camp.

The Herd may also welcome back defenseman Sawyer Hannay who has been out since early February with concussion issues as well. Hannay remains day-to-day, but no decision has been made as of yet. The moves could help bolster the teams depth, as defenseman Steve Gillard recently returned from the injured list, also with concussion issues, and will help relieve some of the pressure on the backend.

Concussions have been a major for the Mooseheads all year. There is three cases mentioned above, plus the case of goaltender Anthony Terenzio has been out since late October with a concussion and there is no firm timetable for any return.

While the team is beginning to get some good news from players potentially coming of the injured list, they were dealt a blow with the suspension of Darcy Ashley. Ashley, the team’s fourth leading scorer, received a four game suspension from the league following a cross-checking incident in the final game of the season.

Games 1 and 2 of the the opening round series against the Wildcats go Friday and Saturday at the Metro Centre. A team and city that has hungered for meaningful hockey in Spring should produce a strong energy in the building.

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