Michigan D-man Breaks Jaw; Kolarik Eyes Return
CHN Staff Report
Michigan defenseman Scooter Vaughan has broken his jaw while wrestling with a teammate over the weekend, according to an audio interview with Michigan coach Red Berenson at mlive.com.
Michigan was off this past weekend, with a first-round by in the CCHA tournament.
"He skated Saturday morning, but he was swolen," Berenson said. "He got x-rays of it on Sunday, and it got a crack in two places. So he had surgery this afternoon and he's out indefinitely.
"Whether it's days or weeks depending on ... like if he would've had his jaw wired, it's eight weeks of waiting. But when it's screwed and plated, they can protect it more. That's all I know."
Eric Elmblad, a freshman walk-on who has not been used this season, may get his first time Friday when top-seeded Michigan starts a best-of-3 series with No. 8 Nebraska-Omaha.
"He practices every day against this team and against good players," Berenson said. "I worry about anyone that hasn't had the game conditioning and quickness and urgency that goes with a game, but on the other hand, he's probably a better player than he's shown because he hasn't had a chance to show it."
The other option is moving Danny Fardig back to defense.
Michigan could get 20-goal scorer Chad Kolarik back in the lineup. He left with a bad hamstring injury on Feb. 16 and hasn't played since.
Berenson said he wants to see that Kolarik can compete hard in contact drills.
"He's doing a little bit of that," Berenson said. "So I'm hoping he can play. ... He has to give us the information how he feels. It's not a pain thing, it's about making it worse. You have to play all out, this isn't practice. But I'm hoping. I like the direction that he's gone."
Said Kolarik, "It's not 100 percent better, but it's getting there. ... It's exciting to be out there. I missed three weeks."