The amazing thing? Dylan Chanter could have played had he been allowed.
The Dubuque defenseman’s horrific injury, suffered in a fight with Corey Petrash of the RoughRiders, caused the game to be suspended. Chanter was knocked unconscious after falling and hitting the back of his bare head on the ice, going into multiple minutes of convulsions before regaining consciousness and being taken via stretcher from the arena and to a hospital.
The 19-year-old from British Columbia has recovered sufficiently enough from that concussion to be activated from injured reserve. He played his first two games since the accident last weekend at Muskegon.
He will not be allowed to play Tuesday, as the United States Hockey League is considering his status as “injured.” Though it has not been publicly announced, Petrash received a game misconduct after the fight. That penalty eventually was rescinded by the USHL, though he also will not play the remainder of the game.
Cedar Rapids holds a 2-0 lead with 11:58 remaining in the second period. Jack Rowe scored with 16 seconds left in the first period and defenseman Charlie Curt 3:12 into the second.
Fans with ticket stubs from Oct. 12 can get into the arena tonight to watch the conclusion. Others can purchase a ticket for $8.
The teams meet again for a regularly scheduled game Saturday night at Cedar Rapids. It will be interesting to see if Chanter and Petrash both play.
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