Six seconds into last Friday’s game against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union defenseman Mat Bodie’s knew something wasn’t right.
The Dutchmen team captain was checked after making a pass, and his left wrist bent backward. That isn’t natural, and it’s painful.
Shortly after that, Bodie went to the bench and then to the locker room. When his wrist was examined, his worst fears were realized. It was broken.
Bodie, a first-team All-ECAC Hockey and second-team All-American last season, will be out six to eight weeks. That means Bodie will miss at least nine more games, six of them ECAC Hockey contests.
Bodie, who has two goals and four assists in six games this season, talked about the injury this week at Messa Rink.
“We won the draw, Stu [Shawn Stuart] went ‘D’ to ‘D’ [with the puck],” Bodie said. “I can’t remember who it was, but one of their guys finished the hit. I just finished giving a pass. My hands were still up, and his shoulder, pretty much, jammed my wrist. It snapped back. Right then, I knew something was wrong.”
Bodie thought that he only sprained his wrist.
“I went back for a puck five or 10 seconds after the fact,” Bodie said. “I went to put my hand on my stick, and my fingers and my thumb weren’t grabbing it. I knew right there that it was something more serious.”
Bodie wasn’t around to see the Dutchmen’s 4-2 win over the Engineers. He was in the stands for the rematch the next night at Messa Rink and watched Union’s 7-3 victory. It was the first time Bodie had watched a game from the Messa stands.
He had some mixed emotions.
“It was pretty disappointing, but it was a good one to watch,” Bodie said. “The guys did a real good job. It was pretty entertaining for us out there.”
With Bodie out, the Dutchmen will be counting on seniors Stuart and Greg Coburn, sophomore Shayne Gostisbehere and freshman Sebastien Gingras to have more minutes on the ice. The two other playing spots will be battled for by senior Ryan Forgaard, sophomore Charlie Vasaturo and freshman Tim Boyle.
“It’s going to be a collective effort,” Bodie said. “All seven ‘D’ are great guys and good players. We have a pretty good group back there, so sometimes, guys aren’t getting in. They, obviously, want to be in.
“It gives everyone a chance to increase their role and be a little more comfortable. It should be something that helps us down the stretch because guys are going to be more comfortable playing.”
To see a video interview with Bodie, go to http://www.dailygazette.com/videos/2012/nov/08/1214/.
Jooris gets an ‘A’
With Bodie out, Union will not have a player wear the “C” on their uniform.
However, junior center Josh Jooris will serve as the Dutchmen’s third alternate captain. He joins
Coburn and senior center Kyle Bodie as the alternate captains.
Pieri makes debut
As the Dutchmen’s third-string goalie, sophomore Dillon Pieri doesn’t get many chances to play. He doesn’t make the regular-season road trips.
But with the Dutchmen cruising over the Engineers in last Saturday’s game, Union coach Rick Bennett gave Pieri a chance to make his collegiate debut. Pieri played the final 3:52 of the game, and he made one save.
Pieri replaced Colin Stevens, who had taken over for starter Troy Grosenick earlier in the third period.
“It was really amazing,” Pieri said. “I wasn’t expecting it. Coach Bennett leaned over and said, ‘Pieri, get ready.’ I was a little nervous. But when I got out there, it was amazing. It was really fun.”
NCAA TV schedule
ESPN announced its television scheduled for the 2013 NCAA men’s hockey tournament on Tuesday.
On March 29, the West Regionals from Grand Rapids, Mich., will be on ESPNU at 2 and 5:30 p.m.. Game 1 of the Northeast Regional from Manchester, N.H., will be on ESPN3, as well as syndicated, at 4:30 p.m. (the game will be shown on tape delay on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m.), while Game 2 will be on ESPNU at 8 p.m.
On March 30, ESPNU will have the West Regional final at 4 p.m., and the East Regional at 6:30 p.m. ESPNU will have Game 2 of the East Regional semifinal from Providence, R.I., at 9 p.m. ESPN3/syndication will have the Midwest Regional semifinals from Toledo, Ohio, at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., and the first East Regional semifinal at 5:30 p.m.
The first East Regional semifinal will be aired on tape delay at 11:30 p.m. on ESPNU March 30. ESPNU will show Midwest Regional semifinals on tape on March 31 at noon and 2 p.m.
Also on March 31, ESPNU will have the Midwest Regional final at 4 p.m., and the East Regional final at 6:30 p.m.
The Frozen Four will be in Pittsburgh. ESPN2 has the semifinals at 4:30 and 8 p.m. on April 11. ESPN televises the championship game at 7 p.m. on April 13.
Coach takes leave
Connecticut announced Tuesday that coach Bruce Marshall was taking a medical leave of absence. The nature of the medical issue was not disclosed by UConn or Marshall.
Marshall is in his 25th season at UConn, and is a 1985 graduate of the university. He has a career record of 332-377-69. The Huskies are 0-4-1 this season. Their tie came against Union Oct. 27.
UConn assistant coach David Berard will take Marshall’s place.
The Union and RPI women’s teams play their ECACH home openers tonight.
The Dutchwomen host Quinnipaic at Messa Rink, while the Engineers take on Princeton at Houston Field House. Both games start at 7 p.m.
Here’s a look at how college hockey players from the Capital Region did over the past week.
u Boston University Jordan Juron freshman forward (Latham) had an assist in the Terriers’ 5-5 tie with Boston College last Saturday.
u Wisconsin freshman Courtney Burke defenseman (Albany) picked an assist in the Badgers’ 5-0 triumph over Minnesota State last Saturday.