Blake Forystek was called up to lend a hand to Runners parent club the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL. Forystek the 99 birth-year goaltender from Hinckley, OH is in his final year of junior hockey for the RoadRunners and has appeared in 11 games this season with a .889 save percentage.
“When Jacks head coach Adam Phillips called in need of an emergency back-up last weekend I thought it could be a great way to reward Prancer (Team nickname) for his work ethic and just being a huge team guy. ” states Runners coach Mike Beavis.
Forystek joined the team last Saturday in Dallas after Odessa goaltender Zach Stern went down with an injury. The Jacks have since taken Forystek back to Odessa and he is backing up this weekend in New Mexico after working with the team at practice all week in Odessa. “It’s a great experience for Prance for sure, I had the opportunity in Odessa when I was playing Juniors in NY at the end of two different seasons, it’s something you just don’t forget.” stated Runners assistant coach Ryan Scheide.
Forystek could be back in Bryan College Station to practice with the Runners next week as the parent club will have the week off due to the NAHL Top Prospects tournament in Attleboro, MA.
The parent club could be looking for more goal-tending support after the short break as it is not certain when Stern will be back in the Line-up. If it was left up to Forystek he would love to finish his junior career on a high note in the NAHL with the Jacks.