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RPI injury update: Kasdorf works out; Schroeder's season could be over (updates with video)

Injured RPI freshman goalie Jason Kasdorf got a little work in prior to the team's practice Wednesday at Houston Field House.

Meanwhile, the Engineers are considering a medical redshirt for sophomore forward Zach Schroeder.

RPI coach Seth Appert gave an update on his injured players. Kasdorf injured his shoulder late in the first period of the Dec. 27 game at St. Cloud State.

"He was on the ice today," Appert said. "He didn't practice, but did goalie work before. That way, it was controlled, no contact. It was the first time he was on the ice."

Appert said Kasdorf, who is 2-1-2 with a 1.56 goals-against average, is doubtful for this weekend's ECAC Hockey games at Quinnipiac and Princeton.

"We'll see how he progresses," Appert said. "Our trainer's happy with the progress he's making. He felt good on the ice today, although it's in a controlled environment. We'll take it step by step and day by day. We're not going to rush him back."

Schroeder's season could be over. He suffered a broken wrist against Union Nov. 2. He played with it the next night at Union, then missed four straight games. He returned to the lineup Nov. 30 against Princeton and played three straight, but has been out of the lineup the last six games.

Schroeder has played in nine games, and has a goal and an assist.

"There's a potential that Schroeder could be out for the year and go through the process of medical redshirt," Appert said. "Just depending on how everything heals. He's played nine games, but really, he's only played four healthy games. To bring him back for six or seven at the end [of the season] when he's a young sophomore right out of high school just doesn't make a lot of sense for his career."

Appert said forward Matt Neal is getting better with his neck injury. He has practiced the last two days.

Defenseman Phil Hampton is out with a back injury. Forward Marty O'Grady hasn't practiced much this week, and is listed as 50-for-50 for the weekend.

To see the Appert interview, click here.

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