Boston University head coach David Quinn joked that he had finally shot the puck. And he had: Cason Hohmann had scored the Terriers first goal of the night, electing to fire to net instead of pass on a 2-on-1 rush.
But only minutes after Hohmann lit the lamp, he found himself hunched over on the ice and holding his right arm after taking a vicious check into the boards.
"He's going to be out for a while, unfortunately," Quinn said of Hohmann after the game.
The check drew a two-minute minor penalty, and Hohmann made his way straight back to the dressing room. He briefly returned to bench area later in the first period, but after skating only a few strides during a stoppage in play, he immediately made his way back down the tunnel.
"We're not sure [what the injury is], he's a problem with it all year," Quinn said. "We'll have a lot better of an idea next week."
While the BU head coach did not provide a specific diagnosis, he did use the phrase "pops out" at one point when describing the sequence Hohmann was injured on.
"Hopefully we'll have a clearer picture this week of his long-term status," Quinn said.
While BU was unable to capitalize on the subsequent power play, the Terriers did respond to the injury admirably, going on to defeat North Dakota 3-1. Hohmann exited the game with the Terriers leading 1-0.
"When you lose a guy who has proven he can be a scorer at this level, it makes things difficult," Quinn said. "For us to lose him like that, and for us to kind of patchwork our lines together, and respond the way we did, I was pleased."
In the interim, the task for the Terriers will be to rely even more on a freshman class that is already being asked to produce a lot.
"I think everyone has been playing a pretty big role," said freshman Kevin Duane of his classmates. "Everyone is contributing in their own way, whether it's goals or defensively, I think everyone has done a great job."
S/T to @CJZero for the video.
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