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Appert says RPI goalie Kasdorf likely to have season-ending shoulder surgery

It is looking more and more likely that RPI sophomore goalie Jason Kasdorf's season is over.

Kasdorf, who suffered a dislocated right shoulder in practice a few weeks ago, will probably have season-ending surgery, RPI coach Seth Appert said after practice Wednesday at Houston Field House. Appert said a decision will be made by the end of this week.

"I would say it's a strong likelihood that he's going to have surgery and be out for the year," Appert said. "That's what it's looking like. We've taken our time on it and let him rehab a little bit and see how it feels.

"The dislocation is one concern, considering it's come out twice with no contact in minimal situations. But the broken bone and the bone fragments in the shoulder are probably as or more problematic to a rehab situation."

Kasdorf, a Winnipeg Jets draft pick, 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. He led the Engineers to a second-place finish in the ECACH, their highest finish since Seth Appert became head coach in 2006.

Kasdorf played in RPI's first two games this season, going 1-1 with a 3.49 GAA, a .786 save percentage and one shutout. The Engineers will apply a medical redshirt for Kasdorf, which will mean he still has three years of college eligibility.

"You also have the concern of messing up two seasons," Appert said. "If you try to get him through this years and he plays at 75 or 80 percent, and it's going to come out again. That's what every doctor we've talked to that seen his shoulder says.

"And then you don't have surgery until the end of the year, and then he loses a summer of training and he's coming next year not as confident. We're strongly leaning toward the surgery."

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