Breaking News: Ryan Potulny out four months

Gopher Freshman Ryan Potulny got some bad news this week.

The news just keeps getting worse for the Minnesota men's hockey team.

Freshman Ryan Potulny is expected miss four months due to a left knee injury. Potulny, from Grand Forks, N.D., and formerly of the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, will undergo surgery this Friday to repair damage to the lateral collateral ligament. The injury was confirmed by an MRI on Monday, and surgery was deemed necessary after further medical examination on Tuesday afternoon. Team physician and orthopedist Dr. Robert LaPrade will perform the surgery.

Potulny, younger brother of senior captain Grant Potulny, was injured in the third period of Minnesota's 7-3 loss to North Dakota last Friday night in Grand Forks. He played in both games of the series, registering an assist in each game. For the season, Potulny leads the Gophers with five assists.

Potulny will be eligible for a medical hardship waiver, if decided upon by Potulny and the coaching staff after future evaluation.

"We're extremely disappointed to lose Ryan from our lineup," head coach Don Lucia said. "He's still going to be an outstanding player for us. We'll miss him for the bulk of this season, but this is just a short-term setback for what promises to be a great long-term career."

Minnesota continues its four-game road trip in the WCHA this weekend with a two-game series at Wisconsin on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15.

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