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Croxton Out with Ankle Injury

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, January 8, 2006

TROY - Word began circulating around Houston Field House about five minutes into the second period on Saturday night.

Kevin Croxton was not on the ice, and not on the bench.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's leading scorer suffered an ankle injury late in the first period, tried to return but could not skate hard.

Croxton, who took a hard hit along the boards form Harvard defenseman Tom Walsh early in the game, took a hard slapshot from the point by Harvard's Dylan Reese flush on the right ankle later in the first period.

He was seen on crutches after the game but expects to be on the ice when the Engineers host St. Lawrence on Friday night.

"I'm fine," he said. "It was just a puck in the ankle, so probably a bone bruise. It was (leaving the game) just precautionary. I'll get it checked out on Monday. No sense risking it."

Croxton was more sore than in pain.

"I thought that was checking from behind," he said of Walsh's crunching hit.

Croxton lauded his teammates for beating a tough team without him.

"I didn't get to watch it but just being in here knowing they were pulling through and they all pitched in ... was great to hear."