Matthew Gordon, the back-up goalie for the University of Alaska-Anchorage, was injured last Saturday while on the bench when an errant puck left the playing surface and hit him in the eye. It didn't seem overly serious at the time, but after a medical procedure on Tuesday, UAAA athletic director told the Alaska Daily News that Gordon's injury is likely career-ending.
This puts Anchorage in a difficult position. They're left with walk-on third stringer Aaron Mayo as the only back-up to starting goalie Jon Olthuis. The Seawolves are scrambling to try and add a back-up goalie for the second semester.
But more importantly, you have to feel for Gordon. He had only appeared in one game for the Seawolves, but looked to have a promising future. Things look extremely grim, but miracles have happened before, and hopefully Gordon can catch a little bit of luck.