Vermont forward Reynolds injures knee in Ottawa exhibition, done for ’13-14 season

According to the Burlington Free Press, Vermont junior forward Kyle Reynolds will miss the rest of the season after suffering a left knee injury in last Saturday’s exhibition game against Ottawa.

Reynolds was the Catamounts’ third-leading scorer a season ago with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points.

“It’s a big loss, there’s no question,” Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon told the paper. “The hardest part is to see how it happened. To look at the clip and say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’ that that [Ottawa] player intentionally targeted his knee. He didn’t have the puck. It would be one thing if he had the puck so he was prepared for it, but he didn’t see it coming and it’s a hard pill to swallow.”

Midway through Saturday’s 7-0 win, Reynolds and linemate Chris McCarthy were injured on the same play. McCarthy returned later in the game, but did not play Sunday versus Acadia.

Sneddon questioned both plays, but no penalties were called on either hit. Canadian players are also not subject to discipline for exhibition games in the U.S., the story added.

“We’ve got the capability with some numbers and some talent that when one door closes, one door opens for somebody else,” added Sneddon. “That’s the way we as coaches have to pick up the pieces and move on, but there’s no question that’s a big loss for us.”