Rookie rolls with punches

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Alex Plante isn't suffering from headaches. At least, not of the concussion variety.

But that doesn't mean his noggin isn't smarting a little bit.

The 15-year-old rookie blueliner sat out Game 2 after absorbing a few blows in a series-opening bout with Brandon bruiser Ryan Reaves.

"I took a couple of raps on the head but I don't have any headaches," Plante said with a smile yesterday.

"I feel perfectly normal except for the stitches in the back of my head."

Which may have been a result of his head bouncing off the glass during the fight. Or, maybe not.

"I think so, I'm not sure," Plante said with a shrug.

So, what was a fresh-faced rookie doing dropping the mitts with an

18-year-old tough guy anyway?

"I don't know," he said. "He was in the crease and was being a pest the whole game. It was a real chippy game so I thought I'd step up and try something."

Plante hoped to be cleared by doctors in time to suit up tonight.

TIME OFF: Darryl Yacboski is on the mend.

The big Hitmen blueliner had surgery at the Peter Lougheed Hospital Thursday to repair a torn labrum.

The Colorado Avalache draft pick, with his left arm in a brace, showed up at the 'Dome yesterday to visit teammates before taking off to spend a few weeks with his family in Langley, B.C.

"It's probably about a four-month rehab process before I can get back into full contact," Yacboski said.

The 6-ft. 3-in., 220-pounder will return April 25 for a checkup.

"The doctors said it should be 100 percent ... as long as everything goes according to plan."


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