Denver's Brittain to Miss Much of 2011-12 Season
CHN Staff Report
Denver's No. 1 goaltender, Sam Brittain, will miss the first half of the 2011-12 season recovering from major knee surgery, the Denver Post reported this week.
Brittain, who was 19-9-5 with a 2.28 goals against average and .921 save percentage during his freshman season, said he hurt his knee in the WCHA tournament against North Dakota. He played in Denver's two NCAA tournament games, where the team lost in the Regional Final to North Dakota.
According to the Post, after continuing to feel something wrong in the knee during this offseason, he finally had an MRI about a month ago, where the extent of the damage was learned. Brittain had the ACL and meniscus in his left knee repaired Friday.
Brittain told the Post he was optimistic he would return in six months, which takes him to the Dec. 30-31 non-league weekend against Union and Air Force.
"He's determined to be ready by January," Denver coach George Gwozdecky told the paper. "He's eager to get the procedure out of the way and start his rehab."
Adam Murray, who will be a junior this coming season, will need to hold the fort. So far, his career in Denver has been spotty. Last season, he was 6-3 with a 3.46 goals against average and .879 save percentage.
"It's very difficult, definitely something I don't want to go through, but it needs to be done," Brittain told the Post. "In terms of not being able to play, I know the team is very confident with Adam taking all the load, and I know the team will do great.
"From a personal standpoint, it's going to be very difficult to sit and watch and not partake in the on-ice action."