College Hockey:
Merrimack’s Crusco Cut by Skate, Out Three Months

— Merrimack sophomore center Steve Crusco will miss at least three months after suffering a laceration of the palm side of his left arm during practice on Oct. 29.

Crusco had five tendons and an artery severed when his arm was pinched against the boards by the blade of a teammate’s skate.

He was rushed to Lawrence (Mass.) General Hospital and underwent three hours of emergency surgery to repair the damaged tendons and artery. The surgery was successful with no complications reported.

According to the school, Crusco is expected to recover fully from the injury, but he will miss at least three months of the season and is not expected back before February.

Crusco had scored the game winning goal for Merrimack in its 5-3 upset win over then No. 6 Boston University exactly one week before the injury occurred. He also set up the goal that made it 2-2 and was tied for the team lead in scoring with two goals and three points in four games.

Last season, Crusco worked his way into the lineup midway through the season and ended up playing 20 games with two goals and three points. Through the first four games of this year, he and linemates Tim Reidy and Nick Pomponio had combined to score six of the Warriors’ 11 goals.

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