St. Lawrence's Flanagan Out After Appendectomy
CHN Staff Report
CANTON, N.Y. St. Lawrence will be without senior captain Kyle Flanagan for its final regular-season weekend, and perhaps more.
Flanagan, on Tuesday, underwent successful surgery to have his appendix removed. Coach Greg Carvel said he'd be out until after the first weekend of ECAC playoffs as well.
St. Lawrence is currently in third place, which would give it a first-round bye for the ECAC playoffs, so may not miss Flanagan for any playoff games. However, the Saints are just one point ahead of Yale and Dartmouth, and two points ahead of sixth-place Union, so without a strong final weekend, could easily drop out of a bye spot.
St. Lawrence plays at Union and RPI this weekend.
“He woke up with the symptoms (Tuesday) and our trainer took him to the hospital,” Carvel told the Watertown Daily Times. “The symptoms were pretty extreme.”
Flanagan, a Canton, N.Y., native, is tied for fifth in the nation with 42 points. He has 142 points ni 130 career games for the Saints.
“Obviously he’s an irreplaceable player,” senior defenseman George Hughes told the Times. “It’s pretty devastating to our team — he’s our leader and our captain. I hope he gets back as soon as possible and we just have to battle through this as a team.”
Carvel acknowledge that it was a big loss, but was confident the rest of the team could step up.
“Kyle is a tremendous captain and leader of this team,” Carvel told the Times. “He means so much to this team and this community, as well as what he’s brought to and taken this program. ... It’s a big challenge. But luckily in hockey it’s not a one-man team — it’s a 20-man team. Hopefully that will help us go into the weekend more focused and more determined to find a way to win.”