Wednesday, February 6, 2013

O'Grady to be sidelined again

TROY – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute coach Seth Appert said today that senior center-right winger Marty O’Grady will again be sidelined this weekend by concussion symptoms as the team heads out on an important road trip to St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
O’Grady took an elbow late in the Mayors’ Cup game against Union on Jan. 26 and did not play in last weekend’s victories over Harvard and Dartmouth.
A healthy O’Grady – he’s either had his play hampered by or been sidelined by various ailments all season – certainly would help the Engineers down the stretch as they attempt to climb up the ECAC Hockey standings over the final eight games.
They’re in a five-way tie for sixth place -- they were in last place just one month ago.
In 15 games, O’Grady, playing hurt in most of them, has one goal and four assists. He and the Engineers certainly expected more of him this season. The London, Ont. native who averaged 7 goals and 7 assists per season over his first three years at RPI.
Two more years for Schroeder looks good: Appert also reiterated his optimism that the NCAA will grant a medical red-shirt year of eligibility for sophomore winger Zach Schroeder.
“We’re (still) going through the process on that,” Appert said. “That doesn’t happen overnight. I fully anticipate that (it) will be awarded from everything we understand. He had a season-ending (wrist) injury in the first-half of the season, he’s played under the (maximum) number of games (permitted) … so we fully anticipate that (the red-shirt) will be granted.”
 Mac back in AHL: The American Hockey League's Houston Aeros have signed former RPI captain and leading scorer Kirk MacDonald to a 10-day tryout.
   MacDonald had played in 43games for Reading of the East Coast Hockey League prior to joining Houston. The 29-year old forward scored 13 goals and added 19 assists for 32 points with the Royals. The Victoria, BC native has played in 266 AHL games, mostly with Providence from 2008-12. For his AHL career, MacDonald has 45 goals and 60 assists for 105 points. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder started his AHL career for the Albany River Rats (Carolina Hurricanes affiliate) in 2007. 
The Victoria, B.C.native scored 103 points (47 goals-56 assists-103) in 137 games for RPI from 2003-07. He led the team in scoring (12-15-27) his senior year.


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