Denver Goalie Faus Out For Season with Achilles Tear
Denver sophomore goaltender Jamie Faus ruptured his Achilles tendon on Sunday and will miss the rest of the 2012 season. He was undergoing surgery Friday afternoon, coach Bill Tierney confirmed.
Faus was injured between the second and third overtime periods against Notre Dame. He collapsed to the turf and was helped off by teammates and trainers. He didn't put any weight on his left leg while being held upright on the sideline by teammates during the third overtime, and was later given crutches.
It was unclear exactly how Faus was injured. Television cameras from ESPNU only caught the aftermath of Faus' injury, as he lay on the turf field at Notre Dame.
"He had played 68 minutes, and was walking out on the field for our third overtime and he just went down," Tierney said Friday.
Senior backup Troy Orzech played that third OT period. Freshman Ryan LaPlante started the Pioneers' next game on Tuesday against Cornell and made eight saves in another OT loss. LaPlante figures to be the starter going foward.
Here's a video interview with the freshman.
Pioneers sophomore goaltender Jamie Faus will not play Tuesday against No. 4 Cornell on Long Island because of a lower leg injury and will be further evaluated when the team returns to Denver.
Fuas sustained the injury on the field during the intermission between the second and third overtime periods against Notre Dame. He fell to the turf and needed to be helped off by teammates and trainers. On the sideline, he didn't put any weight on his left leg and stood on crutches at the end of the game.
The school said Faus' condidtion will be not be released until he is looked at by doctors on Wednesday. The eighth-ranked Pioneers immediately traveled from South Bend to Long Island for the neutral-site game Tuesday against the Big Red at Hofstra.
A statement from Denver coach Bill Tierney didn't sound good.
"We are obviously upset about Jamie's injury," Tierney said. "He will be seen by our doctors when we arrive back in Denver on Wednesday. Jamie led us to a great season in 2011 and was well on his way to another very successful year in 2012. Our team is full of great young men however, and as always, someone will step up to fill the void."
Senior backup Troy Orzech came in cold Sunday to play in the third overtime, when the Irish won, 10-9.
Faus started as a freshman last season and was credited as a huge influence on the Pioneers making a historic final four run in Tierney second year as head coach.
This year, Faus was charged with leading a very inexperienced defense in front of him. Only a sophomore, Faus had the most experience of any of the players on the unit. None had started a game on defense prior to this season.
Against Notre Dame, Faus made 11 saves and denied a point-blank quick-stick attempt from Westy Hopkins at the first overtime buzzer, then stopped a laser from Sean Rogers with his facemask in the second overtime.