St. Cloud State senior defenseman Jimmy Schuldt, who signed with the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to college hockey's top player.

Sophomore defenseman Cale Maker, the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft by Colorado who has led Massachusetts to the Frozen Four, is the favorite for the award. Harvard junior defenseman Adam Fox is the third finalist.

The winner will be announced April 12 at the Frozen Four in Buffalo.

Schuldt, from Minnetonka, had 10 goals and 25 assists as the Huskies won the NCHC regular-season title and became the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament before being upset by American International in the first round.

"It's obviously a huge honor," Schuldt said. "It was never something I thought I'd be nominated for, much less be in the top three.''

Makar has 16 goals and 32 assists and is the first defenseman to lead Hockey East in scoring in 20 years.

Fox had nine goals and 39 assists for Harvard.

Quintero sidelined

Minnesota United star Darwin Quintero didn't participate in team training Thursday morning in Blaine and coach Adrian Heath called him a game-time decision for Saturday's match at New York Red Bulls.

Quintero left early during the team's first-ever practice Wednesday at Allianz Field, holding his groin after he kicked a long pass while on the run during a scrimmage.

"We'll give him all the time he needs," Heath said. "There was no point today of him aggravating it. Give him another day to get ready."

Quintero worked with the team's physiotherapists and athletic trainers on his own Thursday while his teammates trained, Heath said.

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