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Game Suspended in 2nd Period
February 17, 2013

An injured Springfield Falcons player prompted the suspension of a game between the Adirondack Phantoms and Springfield Falcons with 3:42 remaining in the second period on Sunday afternoon. Wade MacLeod collapsed on his way back to the Springfield Falcons bench and went into convulsions on the ice in a scary incident that involved the training staffs of both teams as well as the very quick actions and responses of the emergency medical personnel on scene.

Springfield Falcons public relations reported that MacLeod's condition was stabilized and that he was alert as he was stretchered off the ice and taken to an awaiting ambulance and then transported to Baystate Medical Center. MacLeod is a second-year pro from Northeastern University who hails from Coquitlam, British Columbia.

The thoughts and prayers of the Phantoms are with Wade MacLeod for his well-being and for a full and quick recovery.

Adirondack led 2-1 at the time of the suspension on goals by Rob Bordson and Danny Syvret. It is unknown when the game will be completed. Both teams will find a mutually agreeable date within their schedules to resume the contest.

Brandon Manning was assessed a two-minute minor penalty for boarding on the hit in which MacLeod's head jarred against the glass. MacLeod at first appeared to be okay as he skated back to the bench. But about 20 seconds later, MacLeod collapsed just outside the Springfield bench and had a seizure.


Both teams agreed to take the intermission early after MacLeod was stretchered to an ambulance which followed a 12-minute medical delay. The initial plan was to resume play with 3:42 remaining in the second period after taking the break. But later it was decided mutually by the officials as well as the coaching staffs of both teams to not resume the game at all due to the emotional state of the players who were understandably shaken by the incident. The conclusion of the game was postponed it to a later date.

It was an emotional situation for everyone at the arena as they watched the medical staff working to stabilize MacLeod. Several of the players went to one knee as they stood by in the hushed silence of the MassMutual Center.

 

Brandon Manning offered his condolences via hia twitter account:

"would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family. never had any intention of ever hurting another player..hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. thoughts and prayers to him and his family"

And several other Phantoms players shared similar thoughts on twitter as well.

 

Later in the evening, the Springfield Falcons issued a release on behalf of the family of Wade MacLeod:

Wade MacLeod's family issued the following statement on Sunday night:

"We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight. Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative of all the caring and kind words we have received from family, friends, and fans."


Wade MacLeod himself took to twitter at the end of the evening:

"Feeling very blessed with all the love and support I've received. I am feeling a lot better. Thank you everyone!"




UPCOMING

Monday, February 18 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 with player guest Scott Munroe.

Friday, February 22 (7:00) - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Adirondack Phantoms. At Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Saturday, February 23 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears

Sunday, February 24 (5:00) - Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms. Dax's Big Birthday Bash and Celebration! Dax Jerseys with Post-Game Jersey Auction. Dax's Mascot Friends plus Mascot Hockey. Also: Sunday Family 3-Pack for only $43 - Exceptional Value!

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