UW Netminder Elliott Out 3-4 Weeks

Wisconsin goaltender Brian Elliott will be out for three to four weeks after being injured during the team’s practice Wednesday.

Elliott, the nation’s winningest goaltender this season at 18-2-2, appeared to injure his left leg when a teammate slid into him during a drill.

He was helped to the team’s training room and later left on crutches, headed to a local hospital for more examination.

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves did not immediately have information on the extent of Elliott’s injury after Wednesday’s practice, but told The Capital Times of Madison Thursday morning that the goaltender would be out for three to four weeks.

Elliott, a top candidate for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, is the only goaltender who has seen time in NCAA games for the Badgers this season. Freshman Shane Connelly played in the team’s Dec. 16 exhibition game against the U.S. National Under-18 Team.

Connelly will be the starter when when top-ranked Wisconsin hosts No. 19 Denver Friday and Saturday.