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October 17, 2007 E-MAIL PRINT Bookmark and Share

Mercyhurst's Lundin Out up to 3 Months

CHN Staff Report

ERIE, Pa. — Matt Lundin, the Maine transfer who Mercyhurst was counting on to help rebound the team's fortunes, will be out six to 12 weeks after suffering a shoulder injury last weekend at the Lefty McFadden tournament in Ohio.

In an unfortunate turn of circumstance, Mercyhurst was set to play Lundin's old team in a two-game set at Maine.

"There are no complete tears, but there might be a slight tear in the labrum, but I'm not sure," Lundin told the Erie Times-News following an MRI on Monday. "It's more loose than anything, just maybe some muscle tears and small things."

Lundin hurt his shoulder while rolling to make a save in the second period of the game against Ohio State last Friday. Later in the game, a player fell on his shoulder. He finished the game, making 46 saves.

"Injuries never come at a good time, and I feel awful for Matt because he's been waiting for this opportunity for a long time," Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin told the paper. "The only good news is we know he's going to be back. He can still do everything he wants to do. I think 12 weeks sounds like a long time, and I think even the medical people think that, so we're hoping it's going to be closer to six weeks. If things go well, it will be closer to six."

Lundin played two seasons with Maine before Ben Bishop won the job from him. He then went back to the USHL, and helped Sioux Falls win a league title last season.

The injury opens the door for freshman goalie Ryan Zapolski, who made 33 saves in Saturday's 4-0 loss to Notre Dame.

"The upside is that for Zapolski, this is probably going to accelerate his development," Gotkin told the paper. "We weren't planning on him getting so much responsibility so fast, but this will help him get better and better."

To fill the void, the Lakers were forced to bring in Adam Faulkner from the school's club team as Zapolski's backup.

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