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Chorney Injury Another Blow in North Dakota Loss

by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor

DENVER — It wasn't what Taylor Chorney had in mind for potentially his final game in college — or any of the Sioux for that matter.

But it was a more bitter ending for Chorney, who left the game in the second period and didn't return, after colliding with a Boston College player and twisting his knee.

"It's not my ACL, they said it's my MCL, so that's good news," Chorney said after North Dakota's 6-1 loss to Boston College in the Frozen Four semifinal. "They don't think it's fully torn either, so that's even better news. They don't know for sure, they said let it settle for two days then get an MRI. So it could've been a lot worse, but at the same time, it's not the way I expected things to go today."

Chorney said he wasn't sure how the play happened.

"I just kind of made a pass to (Oshie), and then I went the other way, and the guy kind of hit me from the side," Chorney said. "I don't even know if it was a dirty play or not — some people said it was and some said it wasn't. But it just kind of caught me in the right spot and twisted my knee the wrong way."

Chorney was among the group of four players — with T.J. Oshie, Joe Finley and Ryan Duncan — all highly-sought-after pro prospects, who decided to return, en masse, for their junior seasons. They had lost in the semifinals each of the last two seasons to Boston College, and now had a chance to try it again.

But a win proved elusive again.

"We knew that that was how they were going to come out," Chorney said. "They're a really opportunistic team. When they get their shots, they bury them."

So now Chorney and his classmates will be left with a similar decision, though with the money dangling, and hopes of a pro career, it may be the time for all of them to look out for themselves now.

"It's tough to really say right now. That's something we're going to have to face, all of us here," Chorney said. "It's tough to say right now. Everyone is focusing on our loss."

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