Colorado College junior wing Scott Thauwald will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, trainer Richard Quincy said Tuesday. Quincy said a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed on Thauwald’s knee also revealed he has “trauma- tized a bone as well as some additional tissue.” Thauwald will discuss treatment options today with Thomas Mahony, one of the team’s volunteer physicians. Thauwald also plans to meet with Minnesota-based orthopedic surgeon Michael Stuart, the father of former CC defenseman Mark Stuart, when he returns home for Thanksgiving week- end. He’s expected to have surgery next month. Thauwald was injured Saturday in the closing seconds of CC’s 3-0 loss to now-No. 2 Wisconsin when Badgers captain Adam Burish checked him along the boards. Western Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner Bruce McLeod ruled Tuesday that Burish will not be suspended. Burish received a five-minute major penalty for excessive roughness and a game disqualification, meaning he won’t play Saturday when Wisconsin hosts Minnesota State-Mankato. McLeod said Burish will be required to write letters of apology to Thauwald and the CC team. Burish also will meet with Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves to review the NCAA’s “progressive game-disqualification structure,” which states that a player’s second disqualification penalty results in an ejection and a two-game suspension. McLeod called Burish’s hit “disturbing” and classified it a “very selfish move” in a letter he wrote Tuesday to Burish. “There were three or four seconds to go in the game, and it was the equivalent of a sucker punch,” McLeod said. “It was completely uncalled for. In the game of hockey, people don’t like those things.” Thauwald said McLeod’s ruling “seems kind of unfair,” considering the severity of his knee injury. “I’m sure (Burish) regrets what he did, and he is sitting out for a game,” Thauwald said. “In a sense, that’s enough. But at the same time, I’m the one who is out for the rest of the season, and he’s only missing one game.” It marks the third time Thauwald has torn a ligament in his left knee. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament last season, and he tore his medial collateral ligament playing football in high school. Thauwald hopes to receive a medical hardship waiver, ensuring that he’ll have two years of eligibility left. He’s qualified under NCAA rules because the injury occurred in the first half of the season and he did not participate in 20 percent of his team’s games. Thauwald’s injury leaves the No. 3 Tigers with 13 healthy forwards. Freshman forward Andreas Vlassopoulos hasn’t practiced since he dislocated his right kneecap in the season opener. In the two games Thauwald played, he skated on the fourth line with right wing Braydon Cox and centers Aaron Slattengren and Brandon Polich. Chances are J.P. Brunkhorst will take over Thauwald’s left wing spot, assuming Derek Patrosso and Jimmy Kilpatrick continue to rotate at right wing on the top line. Kilpatrick skated on the fourth line earlier in the season, but he might remain alongside center Marty Sertich and left wing Brett Sterling now that he has recovered from a sprained ankle. Polich said Thauwald provided lots of leadership, even though he played in only 24 games the past two seasons. “To see him go down made me sick to my stomach,” Polich said. “Not only (losing Thauwald) as a player, but just having him around in the locker room. He’s fun to be around.” Said right wing Joey Crabb: “It hurts, but we’ll keep moving on. We’ve got a lot of guys that can fill a lot of roles.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0256 or email@example.com NEXT Michigan Tech (2-9-1, 1-4-1 WCHA) at No. 3 Colorado College (9-2-1, 4-1-1), 7:37 p.m. Friday, 1240 AM
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