Patrik Valcak having desired impact for Leeds Chiefs
IMPORT forward Patrik Valcak is already showing signs of becoming a major asset for Leeds Chiefs, says coach Sam Zajac.
After his first weekend of action was hampered by a niggling injury, the former Manchester Storm winger stepped up his minutes against both Telford and in Saturday’s 6-3 defeat at Peterborough Phantoms.
After an 18-month absence from the game, it is no surprise it took the 35-year-old time to adapt, but player-coach Zajac is confident his influence in games will only get stronger as the Chiefs look to embark on a late push to make the NIHL National playoffs with 19 games remaining.
“Patrik was a major presence every time he was on the ice for us at the weekend, he justmakes things happen,” said Zajac, whoe team face in-form Milton Keynes Lightning and second-placed Swindon Wildcats this weekend.
“He’s good away from the puck and he’s a tough guy to take the puck off - he’s got a great eye for a pass. That was his third point for us now in four games and he looks like he’s only going to get better and better.
“He had a bit of a niggle that first weekend but he got that sorted during the week with the physio and played a lot of minutes for us.”