Strax Out Long Term

Strax!  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Strax! Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Just reported on Twitter, by beat writer Tony Androckitis (HighlandParkHockey):  Forward and leading goal scorer Petr Straka is expected to be out “long term.”  Reportedly, the TV crews said “4-6 weeks” during the recent game broadcast–but who could hear that?  We were all at the game….

Straka got hit in the knee blocking a shot in the waning minutes of the game on Sunday, January 3 (if memory serves).  He came back to play that Friday versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but wasn’t terribly effective and hasn’t played or practiced since, as far as I know.  It is thought that the reason for the absence was the blow to his knee–but there’s no way to know for sure with the way they protect injury information.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the team has struggled since then:  Straka is the leading goal scorer on the team and led the AHL at the time of the injury.  Since then, despite good play from the netminders and solid defense, the team has struggled to put the puck in the back of the net and win games.

Next man up, I guess.  We’ve got experienced goal scorers on the team and guys who are starting to step up.  Taylor Leier reportedly had a strong game in the win at Bridgeport on Sunday.  Rise up, indeed.

Get well soon, Strax,


Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Phantoms Hockey

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3 replies

  1. Edit: Broadcaster Bob Rotruck reports that Straka missed one game, returned for two, then sat out three (since)

  2. Note To Kram :

    Oh well. Guess that’s the ole’ puck bounces sometimes. What a tough break. At least we won’t have to worry about Petr Straka getting snubbed again when the inevitable replacements are selected for the 2016 AHL All-Star Game. So there is something tangible to be legitimately positive about!

    Woo Hoo.

    Fact is, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms have, as a whole, been a rather fragile ice hockey team this season, anyway, so why shouldn’t Straka take his proper turn on the long-term injury list.

    Now, if we were like the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, we could simply utilize our organizational depth by recalling a player from the ECHL who can contribute goals and assists to our Calder Cup playoff cause. But we’re not and that’s that. Besides, envy is one of the “seven deadly sins” so we have the invaluable opportunity to seize the higher moral ground here.

    Bottom line – so long as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms continue to do such fantastic work in the community at large by doing such things as visiting hospitals and schools, I’m thoroughly satisfied.


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