The sight of goalie Troy Grosenick going down and grabbing his right leg early in the second period, forcing him to leave last Friday’s game against Harvard, certainly had the Union hockey team worried.
“It was definitely a scary moment to see your starting goalie going down like that,” Dutchmen defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. “I thought he just fell.”
At first, the team expected Grosenick to be out three to four weeks. But after an MRI on Monday revealed no significant damage to the leg, Grosenick is now listed as day-to-day. He could be back for next weekend’s two-game series against Penn State at Messa Rink.
“It was the best news I heard all day [Monday],” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “After the Dartmouth loss, it was nice to get some good news in the fact that your All-America goaltender is only, basically, a day-to-day type of thing.”
Grosenick, who, in addition to being an All-America last season, won the Ken Dryden Award as the ECAC Hockey goalie of the year, has was very happy to get the good news.
“Anytime you’re facing something serious that could keep you out a month or so, you never want that,” Grosenick said. “So, you’re always relieved to hear that the MRI came out good.”
Grosenick was injured at 2:24 of the second period and with the Dutchmen leading, 2-1. He described what happened.
“It was kind of a weird play,” Grosenick said. “It was an odd-man rush type situation. I slid across to the post on my left side, and ended up just off of that post. I got up off of my knees, and saw a guy coming in. I think he [was] tripped up. He came in on his knees, pretty much, full speed. I tried to jump over him, didn’t get over him, obviously, and I ended up pretty high in the air and landed funny.”
At first, Grosenick thought he injured his lateral collateral ligament, which, according to several medical websites, is a thin band that runs along the outside of the knee and connects the thigh bone to the fibula, which is the small bone that runs down the side of the knee and connects to the ankle.
Grosenick, who is 4-1-1 with a 2.39 goals-against average this season, said the MRI showed no tears to the LCL.
“Right now, it’s a little sore and stiff,” Grosenick said. “I’m taking it a day at a time. I work with Cheryl [Rockwood, Union’s athletic trainer] every day rehabbing it. I should be good to go pretty soon.”
No player wants to get injured and miss games, something Grosenick knows well from last season. He missed three games with an injured left ankle.
But with Union off this weekend because of final exams for the first trimester, Grosenick will get plenty of time to heal and prepare for a possible return next weekend.
“Obviously, having a bye week helps,” Grosenick said. “It always [stinks] to be hurt, period. Missing some practices isn’t a good thing. But at the same time, if you know that you’ve got a couple of weeks to prepare for your next game, then it’s better than if you’re playing on Friday.”
Union and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute received player commitments this week.
Deerfield senior center Alex Gonye will be joining the Dutchmen next season. Gonye led Deerfield in scoring last season with 18 goals and 15 assists in 25 games. The 18-year-old Gonye is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. He shoots left.
U.S. Hockey Report said the Gonye has skill to spare and decent size. But for Gonye to take his game to another level, he will need to add “some consistency and grit to go along with the skill package.”
Another player coming to Union is Avon Old Farms defenseman Griffyn Martin.
Martin, a left-handed shot, is 6-0, 185 pounds. He is one of the team captains. USHR said Martin appears to be the top candidate to quarterback the Winged Beavers’ power-play.
USHR also said of Martin: “At the Division I level, he’ll be called on to play a more stay-at-home role. He’s a solid defender who makes smart, simple plays. He doesn’t complicate the game.”
The Engineers will have Edina (Minn.) High School defenseman Parker Reno. The 6-1, 190-pounder had two goals and 14 assists in 30 games last season. The 17-year-old Reno also played for the Team USA Under-18 squad at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this past summer.
Appert at Hall
RPI coach Seth Appert attended the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Monday. Former Engineer great and new Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates was one of the inductees.
“It was a special night for our program,” Appert said. “It was, certainly, a special night for Adam.
“It was a real neat experience to get to be there in support of our program and in support of Adam. His speech was spectacular. Peter Stastny told me that was only the second guy he’s ever seen give a speech without notes at the Hall of Fame.”
Appert knows Stastny through coaching his son, Paul, while Appert was an assistant coach at Denver.
“[Oates] nailed it,” Appert said. “He talked about his teammates, he talked about his coaches at RPI and juniors. I thought he was really classy.”
RPI defenseman Nick Bailen is one of four ECAC Hockey players, and 20 college hockey players overall, to be nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which was announced Wednesday.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — community, classroom, character and competition.
Besides Bailen, the other ECACH players nominated are Cornell defenseman Nick D’Agostino, Harvard defenseman Danny Biega and St. Lawrence forward Kyle Flanagan.
The other nominees are Brett Beebe, (Western Michigan), Kyle Bonis, (Ferris State), Stephen Carew, (Air Force), Alex Gerke (Connecticut), Ben Hanowski (St. Cloud State), Connor Hardowa (New Hampshire), Seth Helgeson (Minnesota),
Adam Henderson (Alaska), Brendan Jamison (Robert Morris), Mike Johnson (Notre Dame), Dan Koudys (Bentley), Ryan Little (Wisconsin), Mark Nemec (Maine), Brandon Nunn (Holy Cross), Cheyne Rocha (Army) and Steven Spinell (Miami-Ohio).
The winner will be announced during the NCAA Frozen Four April 11-13 in Pittsburgh.
Harvard-Cornell on TV
NBC Sports Network resumes its college hockey coverage tonight at 7:30 with an ECACH matchup between Harvard and Cornell at Lynah Rink in Ithaca.
Mike Emrick will call the action. Pierre McGuire will be the analyst.
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel-1 will have Saturday’s Dartmouth-Cornell game at 7 p.m.
ECACH is letting fans relive the past on its website.
As part of inclusion in the ECAC Hockey’s new video playback feature, the league will showcase various games from previous seasons. Additional regular-season highlights and various video centerpieces will be highlighted throughout this year’s campaign on new video areas on both the men’s and women’s home pages.