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by Paul on 09/18/13 at 11:47 AM ET
from Devon Heinen of ESPN.com,
The score was knotted at 3-3 with about three and a half minutes left in the third period when traffic forced (Alex) Stalock down on his stomach to try to cover up the puck. However, the puck squirted out from under him, and Monarchs forward Dwight King had to jump over the goalie. But King didn't clear Stalock and landed with one skate on top of the back of Stalock's left knee.
Stalock tried to get up, but instead he tumbled and floundered on the ice.
"Everyone kind of thought he pulled something," Worcester teammate John McCarthy said, recalling watching from the bench. "There was no blood on the ice or anything."
From his bench, Monarchs head coach Mark Morris remembered his gut telling him it must have been worse than what the home team was thinking.
"You could tell he was hurt and hurt in a big way," Morris recalled somberly. "It was very much one of those moments in time where you're almost sickened by it."
After being helped off the ice, Stalock made his way straight to the trainers' room, where the team's medical staff found a cut. At first, Stalock was relieved. Further examination, though, showed his peroneal nerve -- the nerve that controls movement and feeling in the lower leg, foot and toes -- and tendon had been severed. He was taken away in an ambulance for surgery.
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