The Lehigh Valley Phantoms will be without defenseman Travis Sanheim for the rest of their series against the Charlotte Checkers, the team announced before Game 2 on Saturday night. Sanheim is out with a lower-body injury and was replaced in the lineup by Sam Morin, who returned to the lineup for the first time since January.
Sanheim left Game 1 after taking a knee-on-knee hit late in the 3rd period and needed help getting to his feet and off of the ice.
It was assumed that Sanheim would be out for at least a few games, and it’s not surprising that he’s out for at least the rest of the series.
Game 7, if necessary, between the Phantoms and Checkers is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th, meaning that Sanheim’s injury is one that will keep him out at least 10 days.
InsideAHLHockey reporter Tony Androckitis saw Travis Sanheim in a suit without any crutches, so that could be a good sign.
Sanheim spotted in a suit downstairs with no crutches or brace on his left leg. About the only update you'll get.
— Tony (@TonyAndrock) May 6, 2018
Hopefully this isn’t something that will be a major setback for Sanheim. The Phantoms losing him for this series is a big deal in the short-term, but in the long-term outlook his health as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers is more important.
The Phantoms and Checkers will resume their series in Charlotte on Tuesday night, tied at 1-1.
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