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UVM Loses F Reynolds for Season, Preps for UND

UVM junior forward Kyle Reynolds, last year's third leading scorer, will miss the entire 2013-2014 season with a knee injury suffered in Saturday's exhibition game against Ottawa.
Burlington, VT -- The Vermont men's hockey schedule has 17 of 33 games against teams in the USA Today Preseason Top 25. It starts Friday against #7 North Dakota but the Cats already find themselves at a disadvantage.

Junior forward Kyle Reynolds will miss the entire 2013-2014 season with a knee injury suffered during Saturday's exhibition loss to Ottawa.

"I mean I felt so bad for him." said UVM head coach Kevin Sneddon. "We were cautiously optimistic that the diagnosis might be more positive. Rens has been through a lot. Having had shoulder reconstruction this summer. He stayed in Burlington most of the summer rehabbing the shoulder injury. For it to happen that way in an exhibition game, when he didn't even have the puck was a tough pill to swallow. to see the emotion in his eyes, that's tough for a coach to see that."

"You know it's tough for him. Kyle's obviously a big part of our team." sophomore D Caylen Walls said. "You know we've just gotta support him through this and help him out any way we can. We can't dwell on it either, we've got to focus on our own game, you've gotta move on."

The Catamounts spent the pre-season touting their improved depth. They'll have to call on it immediately.

"He'd be the first to say, hey you've gotta move forward." Sneddon says. "Someone's gotta pick up the slack now. One door closes and another one opens. It's time for somebody else to step up. Rens is a big hole to fill, but we've got guys that can step up and do that, stepping in and helping us out."

That person must step up right away. UVM plays UND Friday at 8:30 EST and Saturday at 8:00 EST.

"We're looking forward to the experience and opportunity that North Dakota presents." Sneddon said Tuesday. "They're a tremendous program and one of the more talented teams year in and year out. That building with over 9,000 fans will be a good experience for our younger players. Playing in North Dakota, one of the best rinks in hockey, not just college hockey, those are experiences that the guys are always going to remember. So that's one philosophy. The other is lets play the best. We need to see where our team's at. We'll be better having played one of the best teams in the country, coming out of the weekend."

"You gotta respect them," said Walls. "But you can't give them too much respect. Obviously they're a great team, you can't take that away from them. But we've just gotta play our game, play physical, and don't let them score, pretty much."



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