Irish hockey bit by injury bug

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The Notre Dame hockey team has been taking their lumps lately. They have lost three in a row, but more importantly, are losing some of their best players, and the injury bug is biting hard.

Irish head coach Jeff Jackson announced Thursday junior forwards Cal Burke and Cam Morrison will miss this weekend's series with Wisconsin.

Morrison has an upper-body injury, while Burke had appendicitis and had to have his appendix removed. Both players are listed as week-to-week.

These injuries come on top of the loss of senior forward Joe Wegworth, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Jackson said his team has to step up with several of their stars down.

"Ever since we've gotten back from Christmas break, it's been one thing after another," Jackson said. "First Wegworth going down first practice back, then Morrison going down, and now Cal Burke - appendicitis, so he's out for awhile. We just have to get healthy, but in the meantime, we have to find guys that find a way to score goals, that's been the biggest obstacle for us thus far, we have to rely on guys to step up and put the puck in the net.."

The #12 Irish face the Badgers in Madison on Friday at 9pm, and on Sunday at the United Center in Chicago at 7:30pm.