The Halifax Mooseheads are optimistic both Martin Frk and Sawyer Hannay will be in the lineup when they open the QMJHL playoffs on Friday.
Frk, a high-scoring winger who missed Sunday’s regular-season finale with what the Mooseheads will only describe as an “upper-body injury,” skated at practice on Tuesday but did not participate in contact drills.
It should be noted Frk missed the first three months of the season with a concussion, but he’s been one of the team’s most productive players ‘ with 28 points in his past 25 games ‘ in the new year.
“It was no-contact but he’s doing fine,” said Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme. “It’s a matter of being careful and we have a lot of battles (in practice), 2-on-2s and stuff like that. He’ll probably do contact on Wednesday. We’re pretty confident he’ll play Friday.”
Hannay, a veteran stalwart on defence, hasn’t played since Feb. 8 because of a concussion but took part in full Mooseheads practice on Tuesday.
His return, coupled with that of Steve Gillard last week, could make the Mooseheads’ defence corps as strong as it’s been all season. Both players are in their third QMJHL seasons.
“If (Hannay can play), we can move Travis Randell back up front and we can roll six Ds with more experience,” Ducharme said. “It gives us more experience going into the playoffs and that’s nice to have.”
The sixth-seeded Mooseheads host the 11th-seeded Moncton Wildcats for Games 1 and 2 of the QMJHL first round on Friday and Saturday at the Metro Centre.