Wednesday, February 9, 2011

York, Bergin quite doubtful to play this weekend

TROY -- Rensselaer coach Seth Appert said after Wednesday's practice that junior goalie Allen York continues to make excellent progress following the concussion he suffered at Quinnipiac on Friday night.
That doesn't mean that York will play this weekend against Colgate and Cornell.
Instead, when the Engineers hit the road for the final time in the regular season -- to St. Lawrence and Clarkson Feb. 18-19, it's hoped that York will be back.
"He's doing good," Appert said of York after practice. "He's symptom-free. He's been symptom-free for two days now, so he's headed in the right direction.
"I do not anticipate him playing this weekend," Appert said.
Will York dress as a backup to Bryce Merriam?
"I don't know. We'll see," Appert said. "It's possible. There are certain protocol we have to go through with our doctors and the NCAA and those are all good things.
"More important than him dressing or playing is that he's moving in the right direction," Appert said. "He's been symptom-free now for two days. He hasn't had any headaches, he hasn't had any dizziness or any uncomfortable feeling. So, that's a good sign.
Appert addressed Mike Bergin's slow-healing laceration on his calf.
"Thirty to forty percent," he said when asked the chances that the junior defenseman will play this week.
Bergin is fourth on the team in assists with 14.
Reporters noticed trainer Chris Thompson wrapping layer after layer of clear tape around the ribs/back of leading scorer Chase Polacek.
"He's fine. Chase is 100 percent," Appert said. "This time of year, everybody has bumps and bruises. Almost everybody is getting ice and things like that but Chase is 100 percent."
The Engineers are holding down third place in ECAC Hockey with a 10-5-1 record for 21 points. Cornell and Dartmouth are both one point back at 9-5-2. The 8th-ranked Engineers (18-6-4 overall) hold the tie-breaker over Dartmouth but definitely need to beat Cornell on Saturday, regardless of how either team does on Friday night -- the Big Red at second-place, No. 9 Union (12-3-1, 20-7-3), the Engineers against last-place Colgate (1-13-2, 4-22-2).


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