The Hawks’ Nest

Kyle Beach Injury Update
March 16, 2010, 8:55 am
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For fans keeping track of the injury Chiefs star Kyle Beach suffered last weekend and his availability for the first round playoffs, here is a note in the Kelowna Daily Courier:

In other WHL news, the Spokane Chiefs are hopeful that Kelowna product Kyle Beach will play this weekend in their first-round series against the Portland Winterhawks after getting hurt on the weekend. The 20-year-old forward, who has one season of junior eligibility left, was hurt during a type of knee-on-knee collision with Tri-City defenceman Tyler Schmidt in the Chiefs‘ 5-4 win. Beach was on crutches after the game.

“He‘s hurt and he‘s real sore and we‘ll be reevaluating on Wednesday,” Chiefs head coach Hardy Sauter said, adding the injury is above the right knee. “We should know more after the doctor sees him then.”

Schmidt was handed a clipping major and a game misconduct for the centre-ice incident.

“It was one of those (plays) where (Beach) went to go to his left and he was gonna get by Schmidt,” said Sauter, “and they went leg to leg. The good news is that there‘s no ligament damage. The bad news is that it‘s probably as bad as it could have been without that.”

Asked about Beach‘s availability for Spokane‘s upcoming series with the Winterhawks – which starts Saturday in Portland despite the Chiefs being the higher No. 4 seed, as Spokane‘s arena is booked with NCAA basketball – Sauter said he‘s “really really hoping he can manage to play Saturday, but, again, I won‘t have any idea until Wednesday.”


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