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Gilroy, Higgins Hurt in BU Win over Merrimack

Parker Upset as Both Players Require Hospital Trips

CHN Staff Report

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — In Friday's 4-1 win over Merrimack College, Boston University lost top-line winger Chris Higgins and two-time All-American Matt Gilroy to separate injuries.

Higgins, according to head coach Jack Parker, sustained a concussion and needed six stitches on his head. Gilroy suffered what Parker terms as a separated shoulder and a "chest problem"

Both will miss Saturday's showdown with Boston College, according to Parker.

"The game was a pretty good one for a while," Parker said. "Then things were allowed to happen out there that made a mess out of the game."

Parker blasted the on-ice officials, Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna and supervisor of officials Richard DeCaprio.

"Higgins got six stitches in the head and a concussion and Matt Gilroy got a separated shoulder and a chest problem. Those two injuries occurred and the referees perceived them as being 2-minute minors," Parker said.

"I've been talking to the league about it for five weeks. This is what we get tonight after talking to the league. The commissioner and the supervisor of officials, I've talked to them for five weeks. This is what we get."

He continued, "Players should be protected and I haven't seen it done all year. A few minutes into the game we have a guy take a hit from behind, right in the numbers, and there doesn't seem to be any consequence (note: there was a five-minute major and a misconduct to Merrimack's Mickey Rego). My two guys got cold-cocked. Vicious runs by the opposition. There is no (expletive) need for that whatsoever, and they got two-minute penalties."


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