The Halifax Mooseheads are a step closer to getting one of their top defencemen back into the lineup.

Garrett Clarke, a 17-year-old who has been sidelined for the past four games with a knee injury, learned yesterday he does not have ligament damage and was cleared by the team doctor to skate for the first time since Nov. 13.

The six-foot, 198-pound sophomore leads all Mooseheads blue-liners in scoring with three goals and nine assists for 12 points along with 70 penalty minutes in 20 games.


Another defenceman with a knee injury, Konrad Abeltshauser, also learned he doesn’t have ligament damage, but his news isn’t quite as good as Clarke’s. He also has a high ankle sprain and won’t skate at all for at least another week.

The 6-foot-3 rookie from Bad Tolz, Germany, has two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 17 games.

In other injury news, goalie Mathieu Corbeil was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in the pinky finger on his catching hand.

Although he sat out last Sunday’s loss to Victoriaville, he will be available for home games on Saturday against the Quebec Remparts and Sunday against the Bathurst Titan.