The Lehigh Valley Phantoms earned a huge 2-1 victory over the Charlotte Checkers in the opening game of the Atlantic Division Finals on Friday. The biggest story from the game, however, wasn’t about the big win.
Flyers’ blueliner Travis Sanheim was involved in a nasty collision with opposing forward Valentin Zykov near the end of the game.
Zykov appeared to stick his leg out and catch Sanheim in the knee area. The 21-year-old blueliner had to be helped off the ice, while Zykov was assessed a two-minute penalty for tripping on the play:
GM Ron Hextall was asked Saturday about Sanheim’s condition:
“We don’t give updates on Phantoms.”
Sanheim played his first season with the Flyers in 2017-18, racking up 10 points (two goals) in 49 games. He also appeared in four playoff games, scoring in Game 3 of the Flyers opening round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The loss of Sanheim for the Phantoms can’t be understated. Loaned to Lehigh Valley for the team’s playoff run, Sanheim is regarded as one of the best players in the league. He put up 16 points in 18 AHL games during the regular season and logs heavy minutes in all situations.
Wishing the best for one of the best young players in the Flyers’ system.
Update: Per Head Coach Scott Gordon, Sanheim is out for the remainder of the Atlantic Division Finals series with the Checkers.