Stoa Out For Season
CHN Staff Report
MINNEAPOLIS The news was not good for Minnesota junior forward Ryan Stoa on Monday.
Injured in the first period of Saturday's Icebreaker tournament final against Michigan, Stoa found out today that his knee will require season-ending surgery.
The Bloomington, Minn., native was playing on the team's top line, and score a goal to spark Friday's three-goal comeback against Rensselaer. Last season, Stoa had 12 goals and 24 points.
"I'm really disappointed for Ryan," said Gophers coach Don Lucia. "He worked extremely hard this offseason and had really taken a step in his development."
Stoa played in all 41 games as a freshman and appeared in 41 of 44 games last season. Including his goal and assist last weekend, Stoa has 23 goals and 28 assists for 51 career points.
"We're going to miss him as a leader and a person this upcoming season," Lucia said. "I know Ryan will work extremely hard to get back on the ice and have a great year next season."
The Gophers open WCHA play this weekend with a two-game series at Colorado College on Friday and Saturday.