North Dakota's Caggiula OK After Scary Fall
CHN Staff Report
GRAND FORKS, N.D. North Dakota sophomore forward Drake Caggiula avoided serious injury following a head-first fall into the ice that led to him being carried off on a backboard. The incident took place during North Dakota's 4-1 exhibition win over the U.S. Under-18 team.
During the second period, Caggiula got tangled up with a Team USA player at the blue line and ended up going up and over the fallen player before landing head-first on the ice. Caggiula lay motionless on the ice for several minutes while being attended to by medical personnel and was taken on a stretcher following a lengthy delay.
Caggiula was taken to the hospital, but was released after all tests came back negative and he had feeling in all of his extremities. Caggiula's father, Sal, sent out a tweet after the game that said, "Drake seems to be doing ok. He was able to watch the 3rd in some discomfort but appears ok. Thx to all for support."
“It puts everything secondary, but I think our guys did a good job of going back to work and closing out a pretty good second period,” North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. “A lot of credit to them. That’s not the easiest thing to do as you’re going through that experience. While a major part of your thought process is still with (Drake), now you still have to go back to the game and where our job was tonight.”