Source on Horton's return: 'It's not close right now'

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Source on Horton's return: 'It's not close right now'

ST. LOUIS, MO The Bruins have struggled mightily in the offensive department without top line power forward Nathan Horton, and it looks like theres no return in sight for the concussed right wing.

Claude Julien revealed after Tuesdays practice at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis that Horton still hasnt resumed skating on his own after suffering a setback several weeks ago. A source close to Horton revealed to CSNNE.com on Tuesday that Hortons return is going to be awhile. Hes not close right now.

Thats an ominousdose of bad Horton news that the Bs didnt need.

The source stressed theres every belief that Horton will still return before the end of the regular season, but hes now missed 11 games and a month of hockey with what was originally diagnosed as a mild concussion after a blindside hit from Tom Sestito.

There are only 25 games remaining in the season and the head injury was Hortons second concussion within an eight-month span.

Those are all troubling factors in the realm of hockey players and head injuries.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted that the task of potentially replacing Horton has entered into the back of his mind during trade talks, but there are very few ready-made solutions for a 6-foot-2, 220-pound winger capable of potting 25 goals and providing a valuable net-front presence. In the back of my head its that he may be something that we have to replace. But I would expect him to be back," said Chiarelli, little more than a week agojust after Horton suffered his initial setback. "But we do look at players and say Hey, maybe this player could add to our depth, or maybe hed have to play a certain spot too like Hortons spot.

The Bruins are trying not to use it as an excuse, but theyve been shut out four times in 11 games without Horton while watching their goal production drop from 3.72 goals per game to 1.8 goals per game. Those kinds of numbers speak for themselves as does the players and coaches bemoaning their lack of net-front presence over the last few weeks.

Those are the exact assets that Horton brought to the table before getting taken out by the Sestito head hit.

It does have an effect. The injuries have disrupted our lines and our chemistry with each other. Weve had to move guys around and thats been a challenge, said Julien. You still have to overcome those things. Its not an excuse. Its reality. But were still a better team than the one thats been shut out lately.

It looks like theyll have to prove it without Horton as he continues to fight the uphill battle back from lingering concussion symptoms that arent going away.

Syracuse uses late 99-yard drive to beat UConn, 31-24

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Syracuse uses late 99-yard drive to beat UConn, 31-24

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Syracuse receiver Amba Etta-Tawo is making the most of his final year of college eligibility.

The graduate transfer from Maryland caught 12 passes for a school-record 270 yards and two touchdowns and the Orange beat UConn 31-24 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing skid.

Etta-Tawo scored twice in the game's first five minutes on touchdown receptions of 57 and 30 yards. His 59-yard catch from the shadow of his team's goal line highlighted a 12-play 99-yard fourth-quarter drive that put the game away for the Orange (2-2).

It was his fourth straight game with at least 100 yards receiving.

"It goes back to chemistry with the quarterback and the coaches trusting me," Etta-Tawo said. "They trust that I'll make the plays and they keep on giving me opportunities to make the plays."

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey completed 26 of 40 passes for 407 yards and those two scores. He also scored on a 6-yard run to complete the length-of the field drive.

"We had to do it," said Etta-Tawo. "We had to drive down the field and try to put the game out, and that's exactly what we did. Everybody dug in, dug a little deeper."

Noel Thomas had 14 receptions for 111 yards for UConn (2-2). Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome ran for 81 yards and a touchdown.

It took Syracuse just 51 seconds on its first drive and 92 seconds on its second for Dungey and Etta-Tawo to make it 14-0. Etta-Tawo had five catches for 115 yards in the first quarter.

"I think he's already passed his previous career high as a collegian in the first four games with us, (more than) his whole entire career he had at the other school," coach Dino Babers said. "I think, if you asked him, I think he might have made a good choice (to transfer)."

The Huskies responded by scoring twice in the second quarter and for the second straight week, the Orange couldn't hold the early double-digit lead.

"We can't just go up 14-0, 17-0 in the beginning of the game and then put ourselves back in a dog fight," said linebacker Zaire Franklin, who was in on 14 tackles. "Some of these games we've got to have it over by the beginning of the second quarter."

Cordell Hudson pickup off a tipped pass from UConn quarterback Bryant Shirreffs and ran 22-yards down the left sideline for a touchdown that gave the Orange a 24-17 lead. It was just the second interception for the Orange this season.

The Huskies had a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter after holder Tyler Davis, a former high school quarterback, hit tight end Tommy Myers with a 17-yard pass on a fake field goal to set the Huskies up at the Syracuse 8-yard line.

But Syracuse's defense held, and linebacker Franklin stopped Shirreffs on a fourth-and goal from the 2-yard line with just over 6 minutes left. The Orange marched the length of the field to put the game away.

"Going back, I would probably buy some more time and throw it to the back of the end zone," said Shirreffs, who threw a 24-yard touchdown to Davis with 33 seconds left to make the final score close. "I came up short. The linebacker made a good play and I didn't."