Gophers' Barriball Appears Lost for Season
CHN Staff Report
MINNEAPOLIS For the second time this week, Minnesota has lost another key component, this time, perhaps for the whole season.
Senior right wing Jay Barriball suffered a fluke knee injury in practice Tuesday, one that appears to need season-ending surgery, according to a preliminary MRI. More tests will be taken today, and Barriball could have surgery as soon as Friday.
Last weekend, freshman defenseman Nick Leddy was lost for six weeks after breaking his jaw when he was hit just after a shot.
Barriball, who had missed one game this season with a hip pointer, had a goal and two assists last weekend against Alaska-Anchorage to reach the 100-point mark in his Minnesota career. He has 39 goals and 63 assists for 102 points in 125 career games.
Barriball would be eligible for a medical redshirt, because he hasn't yet played one-third of the team's season. If he is granted the redshirt, he could play in 2010-11.
"I talked to Jay and I talked to his dad," Minnesota coach Don Lucia told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "He is down, as you can imagine. You are a senior and you want to have a great year."
Minnesota does have some help on the way — forward Jacob Cepis, who transferred from Bowling Green in the middle of last season, will be eligible to play for the Gophers as of the Jan. 2-3 Dodge Holiday Classic.