College hockey notes: Kasdorf hopes surgery won't be necessary
Talk about your sophomore jinx.
Coming off a season in which he won ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute goalie Jason Kasdorf is in jeopardy of missing the rest of the season because of a freak injury.
On Thursday, Kasdorf talked about the dislocated right shoulder injury he suffered last Tuesday at practice.
“I was doing a goalie session,” Kasdorf said. “A puck got behind me, and I reached back for it. When I fell back, [the shoulder] popped out. I wasn’t reaching that far back. It wasn’t a very awkward movement. It just happened to come out.”
Asked how he was feeling, Kasdorf was a bit hesitant before saying, “I’m feeling alright. I’m not really sure what’s going to happen with my shoulder right now. We’re going to wait and see and talk to some doctors, and see what’s going to happen.”
Kasdorf is rehabbing the injury with the hope of avoiding surgery, which could end his season after playing in RPI’s first two games. There is no timetable as to when that decision will be made.
He was coming off a freshman campaign in which he went 14-5-2 with a 1.62 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts. Kasdorf led the Engineers to a second-place finish in the ECACH, their highest finish since Seth Appert became head coach in 2006.
“It [stinks] that I spent so much time this summer preparing for this upcoming season,” Kasdorf said. “I put in a lot of hard work this summer. To have it taken away right at the start just [stinks]. If I’m able to come back, everything will be good.”
Kasdorf said rehab has been going well. He hasn’t skated, however.
“I’m doing it just about every day just trying to strengthen it up,” Kasdorf said. “Once it gets a little stronger, then we’ll see where I’m at and then make some further evaluations.”
Union will be off Saturday. But the Dutchmen won’t be resting.
The players will participate in the “Helping Hands” project, helping beautify an area near campus by gathering and disposing of litter. It gets under way at noon at a street location to be determined.
“The campus and the community have accepted us and made us feel welcomed, and we want to give back,” Dutchmen senior defenseman and captain Mat Bodie said.
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel-50 announced Wednesday that it will televise four Union games this season from Messa Rink.
The games are Jan. 24 against Harvard, Feb. 8 against defending NCAA-champion Yale, Feb. 21 against Clarkson and Feb. 22 against St. Lawrence.
Quinnipiac and UMass-Lowell were expected to meet in last April’s NCAA tournament Frozen Four championship game. The Bobcats got there by beating St. Cloud State in their semifinal game, but the River Hawks were upset by Yale in their contest.
The Bobcats and River Hawks met last weekend in a home-and-home series, and Quinnipiac came on top in both games by 3-1 scores.
In Friday’s game in Lowell, Mass., Jordan Samuels-Thomas had a goal and two assists in the second period to lift the Bobcats to the victory. In Saturday’s rematch, which featured the raising of the ECAC Hockey regular-season title, NCAA Hockey tournament East Regional champ-ionship and Frozen Four banners, the Bobcats overcame a 1-0 deficit to sweep the series. Connor Jones tied it less than two minutes after UML’s Ryan McGrath scored.
Kellen Jones notch a short-handed goal with 8:23 left in the second period to snap the tie. Samuels-Thomas added a goal later in the second.
It capped a great weekend not only for Quinnipiac, but its head coach Rand Pecknold. He signed a contract extension Thursday that will run through the 2017-18.
HOCKEY EAST UP
The inaugural Hockey East-Big Ten Challenge started last weekend, and Hockey East is off to a good start with a 4-1-1 record.
Wisconsin, which came into last weekend as the nation’s No. 2 team, was soundly beaten by Boston College and Boston University. BC pummeled the Badgers, 9-2, on Friday, and BU took care of things Saturday, 7-3.
Massachusetts swept Michigan State. Michigan was the only Big Ten team to not lose. The Wolverines tied New Hampshire, 1-1, Friday, and earned a 3-2 overtime win against the Wildcats on Saturday.
The series concludes this weekend, with three Big Ten schools hosting games. Minnesota entertains Boston College tonight and Sunday, Michigan plays Boston U. tonight and UMass-Lowell on Saturday. Michigan State has UMass-Lowell tonight and Boston U. Saturday.
The six Ivy League schools begin play today.
Four of the schools will participate in the two-day Liberty Invitational starting today at the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils, in Newark, N.J. Today’s games have Brown against Yale at 4 p.m., and Princeton taking on Dartmouth at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, it’s Brown against Dartmouth at 4 p.m., and Yale versus Princeton at 7:30 p.m.
Cornell plays a two-game series at Nebraska-Omaha tonight and Saturday. Harvard hosts Bentley on Saturday.