The United States Hockey League on Saturday suspended play in the second period of a game involving the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders following an injury to Dubuque defenseman Dylan Chanter at Cedar Rapids Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Chanter (6-foot-3.25, 213 pounds) was injured 11:58 into the second when he fell to the ice following a fight. The 2014 draft-eligible native of Armstrong, B.C., who is committed to the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2014, was conscious while being attended to by trainers and medical staff at the arena. He was transported to a local hospital for additional evaluation and testing.
According to Jeffrey Johnson of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Chanter engaged in a fight with Cedar Rapids left wing Corey Petrash in the corner behind Dubuque’s net. That’s when Chanter lost his balance and fell backward, hitting his head on the ice and dislocating his left shoulder. Chanter was not wearing a helmet.
Just after midnight, Chanter updated his condition via his Twitter account, saying: "Wanted to let everyone know I'm awake and okay. Thank you so much for all your thoughts prayers. Nothing compares to the hockey community."
In a statement released by the USHL on Saturday night, the Office of the Commissioner and general management of both the teams concurred it was in the best interest of the players not to continue the contest. Further details on Chanter’s condition, as well as a rescheduling of the game, will be issued by the Commissioner's Office as soon as they are available.
The RoughRiders were holding a 2-0 lead at the time of the injury.
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