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Hurricanes Prospect Pesce Out At Least a Month for UNH Hockey

Gil Talbot

DURHAM -- The University of New Hampshire hockey team will be without its star defenseman until after Christmas, according to Dan Parkhurst, the school's radio and television commentator. Brett Pesce is reportedly suffering from a sprained knee that will sideline him for at least a month.

Pesce, a third round selection of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2013 NHL Draft, is a junior and the undisputed top defenseman for Dick Umile's Wildcats. Pesce, who is +4 on the season, has a goal and two assists, but has been held scoreless since an October 25 game against Colorado College. The Tarrytown, NY native had seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points last season.

Tuesday night's game against Rensselaer will be just the second game Pesce has ever missed in his UNH career and first since January 26, 2013 during his freshman campaign.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.