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CC wing Eveland out for season, will visit L.A. specialist

By: BRIAN GOMEZ
February 17, 2012
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photo - Colorado College right wing Dakota Eveland (right) will miss the rest of the season because of an upper-body injury that has sidelined him for the past month. He finishes with three goals and five assists, coming off a freshman year in which he had 17 points. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE
Colorado College right wing Dakota Eveland (right) will miss the rest of the season because of an upper-body injury that has sidelined him for the past month. He finishes with three goals and five assists, coming off a freshman year in which he had 17 points. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE 

Colorado College right wing Dakota Eveland is done for the season because of an upper-body injury that has sidelined him for the past month, and he’ll travel to Los Angeles on Monday to receive a second opinion on a condition that he doesn’t want to make public.

A sophomore who played on CC’s top line alongside Jaden and Rylan Schwartz, Eveland was shut down at the advice of doctors who examined a CAT scan that he had last month, however, he won’t require surgery. Eveland finishes with three goals and five assists in 22 games – on the heels of a freshman season with three goals and 14 assists in 38 games.

“We don’t really know what’s going on yet,” Eveland said, adding that “the hardest thing is just feeling normal.” Asked about his condition, Eveland said, “It could be worse. I’m here, and I’ve got support from everyone, and I don’t have to worry about anything else.”

Eveland has guilt about not being able to back his teammates. “I feel like I let those guys down,” he said. At the same time, he said, “Hockey is not life. It’s a part of life. There are a lot more things to look forward to in life. I’m not going to play hockey until I die. I’ve got schooling. I’ve got friends, family. Maybe a family to take care of one day for myself. This isn’t the end of the world. I still have a lot to look forward to, and I’m young.”

Numbers tell the story on Howe

It’s no secret that CC goaltender Joe Howe is struggling. And the numbers aren’t pretty.

In five starts since his last victory, Dec. 2 against No. 10 Denver, Howe has allowed 21 goals, and he’s 0-4-1, with a tie against No. 12 Cornell, two losses against Bemidji State and defeats against St. Cloud State and Alaska-Anchorage. He did preserve a 2-2 tie Feb. 4 against Denver, although the injured Josh Thorimbert was the goaltender of record.

With Thorimbert recovered from a concussion, he reclaimed the starting job from Howe on Friday against Nebraska-Omaha. Tigers coach Scott Owens said, “You can go through our stats since the first of December,” alluding to the fact Thorimbert entered Friday with a 7-3-1 record, a 1.62 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in 11 prior starts.

Owens said Howe is “making some good saves. There just seems to be a goal too many going in.” Thorimbert added, “Everyone on the team has faith in him. You look at what he has done the past two years at CC – he has been the guy. … It’s a team game. There are breakdowns all over the ice. But because you’re a goalie, it’s personified more.”

Team meet-and-greet this weekend

The annual “Skate with the Tigers” is from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Sunday at Honnen Ice Arena. Players and coaches will be available for pictures and autographs. Admission is free.

Contact Brian Gomez: 719-636-0256 or brian.gomez@gazette.com. Facebook: Brian Gomez. Twitter: @gazettehockey. Google+: Brian Gomez. YouTube: Colorado College Hockey, Covered by The Gazette. For the CC homepage, visit www.gazette.com/sections/sports/cchockey. For the CC blog, visit http://cchockey.freedomblogging.com.

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