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Torf hopeful he may return early

Published: January 21, 2014, 5:34 pm, by Joe Paisley

Torf saveAir Force senior goalie Jason Torf continues to slowly but steadily heal from a torn right groin muscle suffered on Dec. 30.

He took to the ice before Monday’s practice to skate around without pads and moved pretty well. He also spent a short time moving side to side which was not as smooth.

Torf said he will continue to work on getting stronger over the next couple weeks, knowing that a big test ahead will be his ability to go down on the ice and get back up on his skates quickly, along with extending his legs to make saves.

“I think I can heal more quickly than the doctors’ timeline,” he said. “Just getting back on the ice has made me happy. It’s where I belong.”

He is recovering faster than his sophomore season when he missed 14 games and was on crutches for a short time after he tore his left groin muscle. Torf returned to lead the Falcons to the NCAA Tournament.

The coaches are not sure when Torf may return but mentioned mid to late February as a possibility when the injury was first announced six games ago. Freshman goalie Chris Truehl (5-0) has served ably in his place.

“We’re not going to put him back in early,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. “We shouldn’t. The way Chris has played means we do not need to.”