Goaltender Thatcher Demko is out indefinitely with an upper body injury, as first reported by the Boston Globe this afternoon. Demko, who has started every game for the Eagles this season, appears to have suffered the injury on December 28th vs Ohio State although, he was able to play the next night versus Providence. Demko has not practiced at all this week and there is no timetable for his return- it could be next week, it could be next month.
Backup Chris Birdsall has made some progress as he skated with the team yesterday but the staff will hand the reins off to incomer Ian Milosz, who had his first practice this afternoon. The Boston Jr Bruins recorded a .924 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average in 17 games played.
The obvious reaction is that BC might be in big trouble, especially if Demko is out for an extended period of time. There is no way to sugarcoat it, losing a player of his caliber is a huge loss, but, I don't think it's time to hit the final nail on the coffin. Assuming Colin White is good to go, they will be able to roll three prolific scoring lines, something no other Hockey East can boast. It doesn't help that Milosz's first game will come against the defending champs but, if BC is able to tighten things up in their own end and stay out of the box, the task will be that much more manageable.
There is certainly a more "business" like attitude at the rink this week- they know how big these two games are for their pairwise standing.
I don't know what will happen vs the Friars but I can assure you the staff will have them ready to go.