SoHi-Kenai hockey game called off after player removed from ice on stretcher

The Railbelt Conference hockey game between Kenai Central and Soldotna on Friday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex was suspended in the middle of the second period with the score tied at 1 when a Soldotna player had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher.

Soldotna’s Silas Larsen took a hit in the open ice and laid on the ice for 20 minutes before being removed on a stretcher and taken to the emergency room at Central Peninsula Hospital, according to Soldotna coach Anthony Zurfluh.

Zurfluh said via text message at about 6:30 p.m. that Larsen had feeling in his fingers and toes.

About 7 p.m., the following post was made on the SoHi Stars Hockey Facebook page: “Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers!!! Thanks to everyone that stopped by to check on him too- made him smile and relax a bit! CT shows nothing fractured or broken- still in a pretty good amount of pain so will stay here for a bit longer. Not sure how long, but we love you all!”

A 9:45 update read: “Silas is home and feeling ok with minimal pain meds. Neck is still sore. Doc said it will be sore likely a few days. He related it to a car wreck and getting whiplash. No concussion, just neck. Thanks again for everyone’s thoughts and prayers! We appreciate them to continue for complete healing! He would really love to finish his senior season season a bit differently!”

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