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Boston College Hockey's Steve Santini To Miss Remainder Of First Half Of Season

Not exactly the best of news for the Boston College hockey program ...

Bruce Bennett

A wrist injury suffered during the second period of last weekend's game against Massachusetts will force Boston College sophomore defenseman Steve Santini to miss the remainder of the first half of the season.

Per bceagles.com:

Sophomore defenseman Steve Santini (Mahopac, N.Y.) will miss the remainder of the first half of the season following scheduled wrist surgery on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28, 2014.

The 6-foot-2 blue liner has skated in every game for Boston College save two games in December last season when he was representing the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

"Our priority is for Steve to get healthy," head coach Jerry York said. "His presence will be missed throughout this stretch of tough competition ahead of us, but we are looking forward to him returning to our club just after the New Year."

Obviously this is a huge blow to the Eagles defensive corps as BC will certainly miss Santini's physical presence on the Eagles' blueline. York will likely turn to Travis Jeke to step in and fill the skates left by Santini.

If things go according to schedule -- these sort of things never go according to schedule -- Santini hopes to return in January. Problem is BC faces some of its steepest competition over the next two months, including a two-game road set at Denver this weekend (10/31, 11/1), home games against Boston University (11/7), Minnesota (11/28) and Michigan (12/13), road games at Michigan State (11/14) and Providence (11/29), and both Hockey East contests against New Hampshire (12/5, 12/6).

The New Jersey Devils draft pick notched his first goal of the year in Boston College's 6-2 win over RIT. Last season, Santini tallied 11 points -- 3 goals and 8 assists -- after appearing in 33 of the Eagles' 35 games last season.