Injury updates heading into UMass game

Pereira out for Saturday, hopeful for BC on Jan. 8

Junior Joe Pereira, still recovering from hernia surgery, will not play Saturday in BU’s home game against No. 15 UMass-Amherst.
Pereira is practicing this week, but has been sporting a non-contact jersey. The junior says the injury is still causing him some pain around his left hip and groin.
The West Haven, Conn. native missed the entire NCAA Tournament after rupturing his spleen in the Hockey East title game against UMass-Lowell.
“There was a lot of fluid built up from my spleen from last year that leaked in,” Pereira said. “It’s still a little bit painful when I do a lot of stuff, but it’s been getting better.”
The fluid began building up and became painful about halfway through the season’s first half, Pereira said. The fluid build up and subsequent pain could become a reoccurring problem for the junior winger.
Vinny Saponari (back spasms) expected to play

Sophomore Vinny Saponari sat out almost all of Thursday’s practice with back spasms suffered in practice earlier this week. However, Saponari is expected to return for Saturday’s game with UMass, according to BU coach Jack Parker.
Warsofsky, US squad, to square off with Canada Thursday night

BU sophomore David Warsofsky, an assistant captain with the US National Junior team, will play tonight against the Canadian Junior squad. Both teams enter the game undefeated in the World Junior Championships, and the winner will earn a bye to the semifinal round of the tournament.
The game can be seen on the NHL Network or at FASTHockey.com.