The Anchorage Daily News has a story today which features Josh Lunden's return from missing the last 11 games with a shoulder injury. Josh has consistently been a force from close in scoring areas during his career and brings a willing presence to go into (and stay in) those tough scoring areas. With regard to playing on Saturday, Josh told Doyle,
"It felt good to be back. I only played in a limited role, just to get my feet wet and get used to the speed of the game again. I felt good conditioning-wise. I was just trying to help my linemates, and I felt like we had good chemistry."
Coach Dave Shyiak commented about his return telling Mr. Woody,
"He had two or three quality scoring chances and drew a penalty. I thought he was about half a step slow, which is natural when you haven't played in two months, but I thought he came away with passing grades."
"We'll go day-by-day, game-by-game, and hopefully he gets back to his usual game soon. Obviously, our team benefits when he plays expanded minutes. At the same time, you don't want to give him too much, too soon.''
Most importantly though, Josh went on to add,
"There was a sense of urgency to get back on the ice, because it's my senior year and I want to help the team achieve goals we haven't achieved in five or six years now."
Josh along with his fellow seniors must be a force down the stretch. Leadership and experience are two important cogs on the wheel of winning. Hopefully, with a continuing full and healthy lineup the Seawolves can begin to make the sort of run that is necessary for post-season success in the WCHA. Best of luck to Josh for a successful return this weekend. Potting a couple of goals this weekend ought to make him feel back in the groove.