We tend to think these kids are indestructible... smashing into each other night after night. At some point someone gets injured. And today that turn was unfortunately McCarron's...
The Guelph Storm appear to be a much better team than the Saginaw Spirit, which London handled easily the previous game. Max Domi was putting on a show deeking, and out pacing most players on the ice, until he decided to make a boneheaded move and throw an elbow into the face of a Storm player. Game ejection.... good call. He deserved to get tossed.
On the other hand, our good friend the giant McCarron seemed to be keeping the same pace as last game, yet not as physical. He can no doubt skate, and run with the puck with confidence, but there's times where he's just a bit too high in the zone or way off his wing... he's going to make the adjustment, it's matter of time. One thing throwing him off may be his use on every line. He seems to be getting juggled around by the coach, perhaps looking for a good fit.
With the game in control by the Storm, the Knights mainly got their scoring chances from bad angles and shots from the points. Not enough crease traffic (which is what McCarron does) and chaos in front of the opposition goalie. One such play where the Knights attacked the crease McCarron managed to pick up an assist.
Unfortunately for him, midway through the third period he took what looked like an innocent hit by the boards. He immediately dropped and grabbed his right shoulder and headed straight to the bench and into the dressing room. That hit wasn't a big one.... but perhaps he fell into the boards in a weird way.... I was sitting right above the Knights bench and could easily see the hit as it happened, and it didn't look that way.
Did he pop the shoulder and dislocate it? I hope so. Recovering from that is far easier than what I really don't want to admit I think the injury is... a broken collarbone. Aye... that's some serious recovery time and one that will set his development back by quite a bit of time.
As the third neared the end of the period, the Storm took full control of the game. This game was done. I'm afraid to see what the injury report is going to be for the giant. Hopefully his season is not over and he's back on the ice sooner than later.
Here's hoping for the best!