Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole reportedly missed practice Friday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and is likely injured after his fight with Tom Wilson.
The news was first tweeted by longtime Avalanche reporter, BSN’s Adrian Dater.
Ian Cole did not practice today. He is being evaluated. Possible injury from his fight with Tom Wilson last night @BSNDenver
— Adrian Dater (@adater) February 8, 2019
Cole, a former Penguin, leveled Evgeny Kuznetsov with a blindside headshot in the third period of the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win. To avenge the hit, Tom Wilson instigated a fight with Cole seconds later and landed over 15 punches and uppercuts to Cole’s head.
Kuznetsov was sent to the quiet room for concussion protocol while Cole, ejected for his major for interference, was bleeding from multiple gashes opened up on his face.
Friday after practice, Cole’s teammate Nikita Zadorov talked about the fight and said it was not “fair.”
“When you jump the guy from behind, I don’t think it’s a fair fight than when you have your jersey over your head for half of the fight,” Zadorov said. “The linesmen were there as well. They should have separated that fight before that because Colesy got so many punches. I don’t think it was fair. Tom Wilson is obviously a tough customer but Colesy is the same thing. There are a few guys that can fight Wilson in this locker room so I have no doubt we’re going to step [up] next game.”
Wilson and Zadorov do have a history.
The Avalanche and Capitals, unfortunately, have no more games remaining on the schedule this season. But if Tom Wilson proved anything with Jamie Oleksiak, he has a long memory.
2/9 update: According to Dater, Cole is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. The veteran defenseman missed his first game of the season Saturday against the New York Islanders.
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