Cornell sophomore forward Cole Bardreau will miss the rest of the season after suffering a fractured neck on Jan. 19 against Rensselaer, according to the Ithaca Journal.
Bardreau was hit into the boards from behind by Greg Burgdoerfer in the Renssealer game. Burgdoerfer was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Bardreau sat out his next shift, but finished the game.
“He’s a very lucky human being,” Cornell coach Mike Schafer said in the report. “He had no pain during the course of the game, no indication that had happened. He’s a lucky kid.”
“It was a huge blow to us [because] he’s such a big part of our team,” linemate John McCarron added. “After getting the gold medal at the World Juniors, I can’t even imagine how high his emotions were and now to get this, probably an all-time low in his life, it’s hard to deal with. He’s going to support our team and be with us the rest of the way and all hope for the best for him and we’re going to look out for him.”
The report also stated that junior Dustin Mowrey will take Bardreau’s spot in the lineup.