Providence sophomore goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has left the Friars game against New Hampshire after two periods with an apparent left leg injury, according to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal. Gillies, the reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Year and projected starter for the United States team at the 2014 World Junior Championships, suffered the injury during the second period, but didn't come out right away.
Freshman Nick Ellis will take over for Gillies for the remainder of the game. New Hampshire leads the Friars, 2-0, on goals from Grayson Downing and Matt Willows. The Friars, under third year head coach Nate Leaman, are 9-1-1 on the season and ranked third nationally.
UPDATE: Gillies took to Twitter late Friday evening to give word that his injury likely isn't serious:
appreciate the tweets and the "Gillies" chant by the students, should be just minor and back ASAP. the team needs the support tomorrow #PC— Jon Gillies (@JGillies32) November 23, 2013
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