Petr Vrana made an unscheduled start tonight in Halifax. He was supposed to either have surgery or rehab for a few months but ended up coming back after just two months with a shoulder injury.
Details of the injury were never really disclosed but a lot of people expected him to be out for the season. He had been practicing with the team for some time and was finally ready to play tonight.
Petr was held pointless and was -2 as the Mooseheads were wiped out by their provincial rival, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The score was 7-3.
Having no supporting cast has really hurt Petr's numbers this season but help is on the way. Mooseheads GM Marcel Patenaude made a deal recently that will bring Victoriaville's second leading scorer, Daniel Sparre, to the team. Sparre has scored 21 goals and will be placed on the top line with Vrana in hopes that he'll spark Petr's offense.
Good news for Devils fans...great news for Mooseheads fans.
Thats awesome news. Thanks for the update PELi. Keep us posted on how he does in coming games if you dont mind.
Will do. I think the deal for Sparre and Beaulieu will really help Vrana this year and next year. With the firepower coming back to Halifax for another President's Cup run (Q Championship), he'll have a lot of offensive talent to work with.
Right now, coach McKenzie has basically given him and a few other players the green light to go for the goal at any given time. Petr is a very good two way player and could benefit from a little offensive freedom this year.
Last night in PEI the Mooseheads took the game with a 2-1 score. With the Mooseheads down 1-0 in the second, Vrana tied the game up with his fourth goal of the season.
The game winner was scored by the Mooseheads' other import, Jan Steber. Steber tried to pass the puck across to Vrana but the intended pass his a Rocket defenseman's stick and went past the goaltender.
“I was passing for Petr Vrana but the defenceman touched the puck,” Steber said about his 10th goal of the season. “Lucky, I guess.”
MacKenzie said the players recently acquired by the Herd are continuing to adapt to their new team. And Vrana, who had Halifax’s first goal, is also continuing to mend. The Mooseheads captain missed about two months with a shoulder injury.
“I think we looked more comfortable, and that’s something gradual,” said MacKenzie. “Petr certainly had a better game than he had his first game back, which is to be expected. (Daniel) Sparre has had a real good impact on his jump and things.”
David Laliberte gave the Rocket a 1-0 lead at 14:12 of the first period, which was dominated by the Moose. Halifax outshot P.E.I. 12-5 in the opening frame and 31-26 on the night. Vrana tied it late in the second period with a power-play goal.