ORONO, Maine — University of Maine junior right wing Jon Swavely will undergo surgery Thursday for a torn quadricep and will be sidelined for at least two months, according to Maine coach Tim Whitehead.
Swavely, who has played on a line with freshman brother Steven and freshman left wing Conor Riley, was originally injured in a 2-2 overtime exhibition tie with New Brunswick two Sundays ago when he blocked a shot right above the knee. That is where the quadriceps muscles are located and there is no padding.
He had to be helped off the ice.
Swavely recovered and played in both games in the Ice Breaker Tournament in Kansas City last weekend, but there was swelling earlier this week and a tear was diagnosed on an MRI.
Whitehead said Swavely’s line has been “our most consistent one” thanks to the “tremendous chemistry” between the brothers and Riley.
He intends to keep Steven Swavely and Riley together.
“Jon had a great summer [preparing for the season] not just for himself but for his brother, too,” said Whitehead. “They worked out together and Jon certainly helped Steven and taught him what to expect.”
That line has been used as a checking line against the other teams’ top line, but it also produced the only goal in the season-opening 2-1 loss to Quinnipiac. Steven scored off his brother’s faceoff win.
Jon Swavely is third among the forwards in shots on goal with eight.
Whitehead also noted that they have been very effective penalty killers. Maine hasn’t conceded a goal in eight opposing power plays.
Swavely has played in 60 career games and has two goals and eight assists.
“It’s tough timing, but life can be that way. Hopefully, we’ll get Jon back after Christmas,” said Whitehead.
The Black Bears also will be without sophomore right wing Andrew Cerretani (sprained ankle) for this weekend’s home series with St. Lawrence and senior center Klas Leidermark (wrist) will miss Friday’s game and possibly Saturday’s as well.
However, Whitehead said senior center Kyle Beattie, who suffered a mild concussion in the 1-0 loss to Notre Dame on Friday night, and freshman winger Ryan Lomberg (broken foot) are expected to play.
Lomberg will be making his debut.
Redshirt freshman defenseman Billy Norman, who played center for the first time in the 4-3 win over Army in the Ice Breaker consolation game Saturday, will remain at center, according to Whitehead.