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Pheonix Copley Leaves Game With Dehydration, Is Questionable for Saturday

Posted March 3, 2017

In Friday night’s 5-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch, newly reacquired goalie Pheonix Copley left the game in the third period due to dehydration in his first game back, the Hershey Bears announced.

Copley made 27 saves on the 28 shots he faced. He cramped up and was forced to leave the game on this play. He was helped off the ice unable to put weight on his left leg due to a cramp. Vitek Vanecek came in and finished off the night with five saves on the five shots he faced.

Goalies lose a lot of water weight during the course of a game. Last season, Braden Holtby had to leave a game for dehydration as well. Luckily, the injury is not serious.

In the 5-1 win, Christian Thomas scored twice along with a goal apiece from Christian Djoos, Tom Gilbert, and Riley Barber.

The Bears face the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on Saturday at the GIANT Center. With the South Carolina Stingrays in Colorado, and with the potential call-up Parker Milner starting in net Friday, if Copley can’t go, expect the Bears to sign an emergency back up.

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