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OKLAHOMA CITY — Top Vancouver Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson will be lost to the Manitoba Moose for at least Friday night’s game here against the Oklahoma City Barons.
The 20-year-old first-round draft pick, Manitoba’s top goal-scorer with 10 this season, took a stick in the face during today’s practice at Cox Convention Center.
The rookie was smacked carelessly by teammate Lee Sweatt during a battle drill about 45 minutes into today’s workout. He continued on for about four more minutes then had to leave the ice.
Hodgson had a large red welt on his left cheek and was accompanied later to a local clinic by team physiotherapist Rob Milette.
Moose coach Claude Noel said this afternoon that Hodgson won’t play Friday and beyond that, his status is unknown until the results of some tests come back on Friday.
The Moose have signed 26-year-old forward Francis Lemieux to a tryout contract to take Hodgson’s place tonight.
Noel, who was aggravated after Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Texas Stars, ran an all-business practice today. He had promised Wednesday the team would be "investing" at practice today.
"I just wanted us to work, to battle," the coach said. "You just can’t get away from doing the work, that’s the bottom line.
"It wasn’t necessarily a punishment practice. It was a work practice. We haven’t practised a whole lot. It was disappointing the way we played (Tuesday). It’s unacceptable.
"It should be unacceptable for everybody. If work is what we need to work on, then let’s work on working and that’s what we tried to do."