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BC's Kreider Breaks Jaw, Out Indefinitely

by Joe Meloni/CHN Reporter

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Boston College sophomore Chris Kreider broke his jaw in the Eagles' 4-0 win Friday night against New Hampshire.

No timetable has been set for his return, according to BC coach Jerry York. However, York said Kreider has gone to Tufts University Medical Center in Boston to undergo further examination. It is not clear if he will require surgery.

Kreider suffered the injury in the second period of Friday night's game when a clearing attempt from BC senior Brian Gibbons struck him.

The winger immediately fell to the ice in visible pain before rising to his feet and leaving the ice under his own power.

BC, which overtook UNH for first place in Hockey East with the win, travels to the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H., Saturday night to close the regular season.

Now one point clear of the Wildcats, a win clinches the Hockey East Regular Season championship and the No. 1 seed in the Hockey East Tournament for the defending national champion Eagles.

At this point, it is unlikely Kreider will play in the best-of-three quarterfinals. But he could be available to York at some point in the latter stages of the Hockey East Tournament or the NCAA Tournament, where the Eagles will likely be a No. 1 seed.

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