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Wounded knee not Maund's cup of tea

Florida's rookie netminder can only watch the ECHL playoffs for now

By ANDY KENT
Naples Daily News

ESTERO -- As he sat on the trainer's table inside the Florida Everblades locker room with his right knee wrapped on Thursday, All-Star goaltender Jeff Maund tried to put his injury into perspective.

"It's disappointing, but you've got to try and take the positives out of everything. There's no real tears, so it's not going to be the whole summer strictly rehabbing," Maund said after learning he had what doctors describe as a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament. "But when you've played 70 or 72 games, to not be able to finish it off is a little frustrating."

Maund, who is a rookie, sustained the injury in the second period of Monday night's 5-3 win over Augusta in Game 2 of the best-of-five Southern Conference quarterfinals. The series is tied at one game apiece heading into Game 3 on Sunday night in Augusta (7:15, WQAM 770-AM/ WRXK 96.1-FM). Game 4 will be on Monday night in Augusta, and if a fifth game is necessary, it will be back at TECO Arena next Wednesday night.

"We don't know how long I'll be out, it depends on how the knee reacts," Maund said. "If it's not too bad, I'm hoping for two weeks, three at the most, although Todd (trainer Todd Wisocki) doesn't agree."

Wisocki is in his second season as the team's trainer.

"He might come around and he might be pain free and feel great, and then we'll get him going, as long as his strength's good and he's fairly stable," Wisocki said. "Pain is going to be a huge guide for him because every action he does in the net is going to affect that knee."

Wisocki said that realistically, he thought the earliest Maund would be able to step back out on the ice in full pads would be a minimum of four weeks.

"I've got to look long term right now, and I was thinking to myself I'm going to try to push, push to get back for maybe the next weekend," Maund said.

"But talking to Bob (head coach Bob Ferguson), he made me realize that although this year is important, you don't want to rush back and tear it or make it worse."

Maund will make the trip to Augusta with the team, and he plans on continuing his rehabilitation with Wisocki while he's up there.

"I am going with the team on the road and we'll try to find a stationary bike or something so I can continue with my rehab," he said. "Plus I'd rather be up there with the guys than sitting at home listening to the game on the radio. I think I'd drive myself crazy doing that."

NOTES: All-Star goaltender Marc Magliarditi confirmed that there is still a chance he could be called up to play in Cincinnati this weekend.

"The situation now is that I'm kind of on call for Saturday," Magliarditi said. "If they need me on Saturday (against Grand Rapids) they're going to fly me up there and I'll play Saturday night, then they'll fly me to Augusta on Sunday.

Hopefully they win (tonight at Grand Rapids) or Cleveland loses (tonight against Detroit) so I don't have to do that, because that would be tough. I'd be playing three games in three nights, which would be tough on me."

Greg Hewitt, a 20-year-old goaltender acquired on Tuesday from the Sarnia Sting of the OHL, is Magliarditi's backup.

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