Plum’s Scarpino recovering from concussion
By: Michael Love
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 8:33 PM
A Plum ice hockey player has begun the road to recovery after suffering a head injury early in Monday’s game against Penn-Trafford.
Forward Anthony Scarpino collided with a Warriors player near the boards as play advanced up the ice. His head struck a glass partition that separated one of the players’ benches and a penalty box.
He was knocked unconscious, and medical personnel quickly came to his aid. After a few minutes, he regained consciousness and was taken from the ice and transported to an area hospital to receive additional treatment.
Scarpino was released from the hospital Tuesday. Nicole Scarpino, Anthony’s mother, said her son suffered a concussion but escaped more serious injury.
“He’s doing OK,” she said. “He is experiencing headaches, which is understandable considering what happened. I made him go to Target with me (Wednesday) just to get him out of the house. The car ride did make him a little dizzy. But right now, he’s dealing with the situation and just trying to comprehend everything and what this means for the rest of his playing career.”
Nicole said it was her son’s fourth concussion. She said they are going to discuss his playing future, but it’s unknown if he will return to the ice this season.
Nicole expressed her family’s gratefulness for the prayers and support received since Monday evening.
“Putting it into perspective, we’re so lucky. It could’ve been worse,” she said. “For a while at the hospital, we didn’t fully know what the prognosis was going to be, but we had tons of friends praying for us. I think a lot of the recovery was because of the prayers he received and the support that we had.”
Scarpino played in five varsity games this season. He scored a goal in the season opener, a 7-6 loss to Hempfield.
Plum lost the game to Penn-Trafford, 5-3, and is 1-6 on the season. The Mustangs return to PIHL Class AA action Tuesday against Shaler at the Alpha Ice Complex in Harmarville.
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-388-5825, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MLove_Trib.