Monday, September 20, 2010

V-Reds Face Early Adversity On Defence

While the western road trip will remembered as a success, it didn't come without some costs.  Looks like Ben Shutron has suffered a broken bone in his leg and could be out an extended period of time following surgery, while Ben Wright will likely be nursing a knee injury for 4-5 weeks after a knee-on-knee collision in the first game.  No official word from the team yet on the extent of the injuries or how long these two will be out, but we'll keep an eye open for updates.

The injuries leave UNB a bit lean on defence.  Spencer Corcoran and Josh Hepditch are more than capable of stepping in, but another injury might force Coach MacDougall to be creative.  It's a shame the injuries occurred in rather meaningless exhibition games, and no doubt a few voices will be heard questioning the exhibition schedule.  Remember, the team plays those games to get better.  Road trips like this are big reason UNB is able to recruit as they do, and part of the success of the program.  Injuries represent the risky side of hockey, but if you have to take a few, you only hope they occur early in the season.


Eric said...

Here are some UNB interviews from The Pipeline Show in Edmonton.

David Kilfoil said...

I talked to Gardiner at lunch. Sounds like Wright might be out until Christmas and no idea for Shutron, although his surgery went well.

Two top-four defenceman in a week is a costly roadtrip.