Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ruegsegger Out For "At Least" Three More Weeks

Coach Gwozdecky confirmed that Tyler Ruegsegger will be out for "at least three or four weeks." That would mean the Colorado College series or the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The injury has been officially descibed as an "abdominal injury" which could mean anything.

The Pioneers have been without Ruegsegger for the past four games. In a show of team solidarity, and on the heels of last week's departure of leading scorer Brock Trotter, the injured sophomore center he paid own his way to Grand Forks to support his teammates.

Ruegsegger suffered an injury to his midsection when he slid into the boards at Minnesota State-Mankato. He has been listed as week to week for the past several weeks, but was reportedly in discomfort "walking around campus."

11 comments:

Twister said...

What a shame. It stinks the Pios will be without Tyler for the near future. The Pios are definitely lacking some firepower without him.
This stretch since the holidays has certainly not been without adversity.

I think the world of Rueggs. Pays his way to ND to support the team, strong academic record, strong citizenship etc. He is as fine a representative of the school and hockey team as anyone.

Puck Swami said...

This is a serious blow to an already depleted offense. The Pios are going to be tooth and nail scapping to make the NCAAs.

dggoddard said...

It gives other guys an opportunity to shine and receive more playing time.

This is starting to remind me of the 2003-04 season except that DU had all the injuries on the blueline.

If the rest of the guys can get through this, DU might be able to limp into the NCAA's and take their best shot.

Twister said...

This is definitely an offensively challenged team right now. I think May, Rakhshani, and Butler in particular need to assrt themselves and be a dynamic offensive presence in the last 6 games. Rakhshani especially has seemed very quite recently.

Twister said...

Meant to say very quiet.......

dggoddard said...

Not disagreeing with you Twister, but I'd look for some "new guns" to lead the way against UAA.

The "Good Guys" popped UND and the top ranked goaltender in the country for four goals on Friday.

Guys like Glasser, Gifford, Mullen & May need to continue their strong play established last weekend.

LetsGoDU predicts Cunningham scores this weekend. :-)

Twister said...

DG,

Well said....I agree. I forgot about the 4 goals scored on Friday, amidst the rest of the shenannigans over the weekend.

Hopefully the secret weapon Cunningham gets a goal or two and Cookie gets a few assists.

Anonymous said...

"Rakhshani especially has seemed very quiet recently."

welcome to the sophomore slump. The WCHA does that to players... get enough tape on players and you can defend just about anyone, expecially if you can match lines effectively. And with trotter and tyler out, it makes defending one talented skater all the easier.

Aspen

Anonymous said...

These guys need to ask themselves how badly do they want it (an NCAA bid). Are they satisfied with what they accomplished earlier this season and ready to leave it at that or are they going to suck it up and do what it takes. These guys know what needs to be done - you don't get to this level of college hockey without numerous challenges along the way. Are they willing to pay the price? At this point in the season and under these circumstances it comes down to who wants it worse than the other guy, which team wants it more. Injuries are part of the game. Suck it up and get the job done.

wcha23 said...

good thing ruegsegger paid his own way to grand forks to freeze his butt off and watch his team blow a game and then get their butts whipped...his moral support really helped. du will keep losing to good teams without him

Anonymous said...

What "thug" injured Ruegsegger? Whoever it was should be suspended for multiple games. And his no talent coach also. Hits that cause injuries have no place in hockey.