On Saturday, the Adirondack Phantoms announced that they had recalled goaltender Carsen Chubak from the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. This move appears to have been made due to the injury sustained by Phantoms goaltender Yann Danis in Friday night’s game against the Albany Devils. Danis was injured in a collision with several players about nine minutes into the first period, and Cal Heeter came in to replace him for the rest of the game.
Danis’ injury was described as an unspecified lower-body injury by Phantoms coach Terry Murray. While the extent of the injury is unknown, Murray told reporters it was unlikely that Danis would be available to play on Saturday evening.
Chubak has not yet appeared in any games for the Solar Bears since being loaned to them a few weeks ago from the Greenville Road Warriors. He has not played since October 24, and has only played in two games for the Road Warriors so far this season, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.50 goals-against average and an .894 save percentage.
This is Chubak’s first season with the AHL, after playing for Niagara University and excelling in goal during his time there. Not only was he named the Atlantic Hockey Conference Player of the Year for the 2012-2013 season, but he was also one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.
With a total of eight games in sixteen days coming up for the Phantoms, this move is an important one, as it is likely that both Heeter and Chubak will see playing time while Danis recovers from his unspecified injury.