Connor Reilly, the Gophers men’s hockey team’s top goal-scorer, is out indefinitely because of a lower-body injury.
The redshirt sophomore forward was kneed by Wisconsin’s Corbin McGuire early in the second period of Saturday night’s series finale, a 4-4 tie that ended with a Badgers’ shootout victory in Madison, Wis.
“I feel bad for Connor,” Gophers coach Don Lucia told the Star Tribune. “He’s had to go through more than any athlete should with injuries.”
Replays showed McGuire dipping into Reilly’s right knee for the what appears to be knee-on-knee contact. Reilly struggled to get up and left the ice with a limp.
The Big Ten suspended McGuire, a freshman forward, for one game under the conference’s supplemental discipline process on Monday morning. McGuire received a five-minute major kneeing penalty, but remained in the game and eventually scored the shootout-winning goal in the seventh round.
The Gophers reportedly contacted the conference immediately after the game seeking a review of the incident. Lucia said on Saturday night that he expected Reilly to be out for a while, and Monday’s news confirms his worst fears.
“Those are career injuries,” an angry Lucia said Saturday. “You stick out a knee and go knee-on-knee with guys. You talk about wanting to clean up our game and that’s just a bad, bad play.”
Reilly leads the team with 11 goals after overcoming a pair of major knee injuries that kept him sidelined for 19 months in 2012-2013.
• Single-session tickets for the Big Ten hockey tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit from March 19-21 went on sale Monday. All-day tickets for any day start at $20 and are available through Ticketmaster outlets and at www.Olympia Entertainment.com.
• Minnesota State Mankato, which swept Ferris State last weekend, reclaimed No. 1 in the uscho.com men’s hockey poll. No. 2 North Dakota dropped a spot after a split with No. 4 Omaha. Minnesota Duluth remained at No. 7; Michigan dropped one spot to No. 14.
• Gophers sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. was named the Big Ten’s co-player of the week in women’s basketball along with guard Tori Jankoska of Michigan State. Zahui averaged 14.5 points, 14 rebounds, eight blocks and 2.5 steals in a win over Penn State and a loss to Northwestern. She had a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and, tying a conference record, 12 blocks. Zahui has 16 double-doubles this season.
• Junior Jess Herauf of the Gophers was named the Big Ten’s women’s field athlete of the week after breaking the school record in the pentathlon (4,289 points) in winning the five-event competition in the Jack Johnson Classic last Friday. She won four events and set meet records in three.
• Registration for the Twin Cities Marathon starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Twin Cities In Motion website, tcmevents.org. The field for the Oct. 4 race will be capped at 12,000 runners. Registration for the TC 10-mile race, which is on the same day as the marathon, is by online lottery in a registration that will begin July 8.