Sioux men lose Genoway, game to Colorado CollegeUND senior captain Chay Genoway left Friday’s 4-2 loss to Colorado College in World Arena with an apparent leg injury in the opening minute of the second period.
By: Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This Friday night loss may be a lot more painful than the last two.
UND senior captain Chay Genoway left Friday’s 4-2 loss to Colorado College in World Arena with an apparent leg injury in the opening minute of the second period.
Genoway was checked hard into the end boards by Colorado College senior Tyler Johnson, who was not penalized on the play. Genoway immediately hit the ice and was in obvious pain. The game stopped for several minutes while he was attended to by trainers. Genoway eventually left the ice, but not on his own power.
There was no immediate word on the severity of Genoway’s injury.
“I don’t know what it is,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “Obviously, everybody saw him go off the ice and what it appeared to be, but I don’t know.”
The Sioux, who were trailing 2-0 at the time of the injury, went on to lose their third straight Friday-night game. UND (18-8-2, 13-6 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) previously lost series openers to Minnesota and Nebraska-Omaha. They managed to gain splits in both of those series and will try to do the same at 8:07 tonight.
The Tigers built a 4-0 lead through two periods and survived a late charge by Jason Gregoire and the Sioux. It took a dazzling goal by Gregoire at 9 minutes, 3 seconds of the third to break a shutout bid by Tiger goalie Joe Howe (38 saves), and Gregoire scored a rare three-on-five goal four minutes later to make it a two-goal game.
Ultimately, UND had to kill penalties – notably a five-minute major for contact to the head on Mario Lamoureux — for most of the final 10 minutes and that thwarted the comeback effort.
“They may not have been the reason or the sole reason that we lost a hockey game,” Hakstol said of the penalties, “but they sure didn’t give us an opportunity to win the game.”
The Tigers (15-11-1) received a goal and an assist from fourth-liners Alexander Krushelnyski and Jeff Collett, while freshman Dakota Eveland and sophomore William Rapuzzi also chipped in tallies.
Although UND fell behind 2-0 after one period, the Sioux actually carried much of the play in that frame, outshooting the Tigers 20-8. Once Genoway went down, Colorado College outshot the Sioux 19-7 in the second.
If Genoway is out for an extended period of time, the Sioux will have to learn how to win without him once again.
Last November, Genoway was injured by an illegal check from behind into the boards by St. Cloud State’s Aaron Marvin. He suffered a concussion on the play and was unable to return for the rest of the season.
The Sioux struggled immediately last year after Genoway’s injury, going 6-10-4 in the first 20 games without him. Eventually, UND went on a run and won the Broadmoor Trophy as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff champion.
In the offseason, the NCAA granted Genoway a medical redshirt. Genoway decided to use it instead of signing one of several professional offers.
Genoway started the season slow, but picked up the pace considerably recently. He tied a program record for the longest point streak by a defenseman by tallying a point in 12 straight. That streak ended last Saturday against Nebraska-Omaha.
The three-time all-WCHA player and WCHA scholar athlete was considered a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award this season.
UND had a chance to reclaim first place in the league standings as league-leading Denver – one point ahead of the Sioux – is idle this weekend. So is Minnesota-Duluth, which is tied for second with UND.
But that pursuit will have to wait another day.
“It wasn’t a good team game for us,” Hakstol said. “We need a heck of a lot better. We’ll start to look forward to tomorrow night.”
Notes: Freshman defenseman Dillon Simpson didn’t make the trip because of illness. . . Forward Derek Rodwell and forward-defenseman Joe Gleason made the trip but did not play. . . Colorado College played without freshman sensation Jaden Schwartz, who suffered a fractured ankle while playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. Schwartz is expected to be out another month. . . Colorado College actually has averaged more goals per game since Schwartz has been out. . . World Arena, located in the shadows of Cheyenne Mountain, has typically been a difficult place to play for the Sioux. Last season, UND earned its first sweep in the building since January 1999 thanks to a stirring comeback win in the series opener.