Somewhere amid a four goal first period by the Charlotte Checkers, two key Oklahoma City Barons suffered injuries tonight at the Cox Center.
Andrew Miller, according to Barons coach Todd Nelson in his post game comments, has broken his hand. X-rays done mid-game confirmed the break. No word on the severity or duration of games missed, but this is bad news for both Miller and the Barons.
The second sidelined Baron is no stranger to injury. Curtis Hamilton, recently coming back to play in the last 20 or so games following ACL surgery, left the first period after a collision involving his knee. Given the history of knee issues with young Curtis, Todd Nelson was unable to give immediate details on the severity of the injury. This has me worried, but anxious to hear what team doctors have to report in the coming days.
The Barons lose two key pieces to the immediate future success of their team.
Miller, the pesky forechecker and power play helper, is in the midst of a season where he would like to impress the Oilers management in his rookie season. A broken hand or any setback really doesn’t help his case.
Hamilton, on the other hand, is in the final season of his ELC, and was just starting to emerge as perhaps a solid prospect. Strong on the PK with a scoring touch, all fingers are crossed that Curtis is fine, and the scenario that played out tonight is only a precaution.
The Barons lost tonight, 5-2, to the Charlotte Checkers. Rematch tomorrow night.
More details coming. Stay tuned.