Another forward up to Bakersfield and a goalie
An injury-riddle Admirals team received good and bad news on Tuesday. First, the bad news–for the Ads. Leading scorer Josh Currie (2=7=9) signed a PTO with the AHL Bakersfield Condors. Currie is on an ECHL contract with Norfolk, meaning he could go to any team. Currie spent his last season in Bakersfield, and there is likely a familiarity. Norfolk is down another forward, though they might be getting Nick MacNeil back from injury soon.
Back-up goalie continues to be a bit of a problem for the Ads. First, Phillippe Cadorette goes down in practice. Then, the Ads trade and sign Nick Riopel from Rapid City. Riopel excels, including stopping every shot he faced on Friday night in Elmira. Unfortunately, he gets injured during the game. While his injury should not keep him out for long, the Ads do play tomorrow morning against Adirondack. Springfield, of the AHL, has brought in some help.
Now affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes, the Falcons have assigned goalie Tyler Beskorowany to the Ads. Beskorowany has played two games for the Falcons, posting an .885 save percentage. Such a small sample is not representative nor is it encouraging. Then again, Riopel has outperformed his average.
Beskorowany spent last year in Germany, posting a respectable .920 in 42 games. The former Stars 2nd rounder does have plenty of ECHL experience. In the 2013-14 season, he played 32 games for an ultimately doomed San Francisco Bulls team, putting up an .899 save percentage. He did rebound, however, with a .932 in 12 games for the IceCaps in a call-up to the AHL.
Outside of the San Francisco Bulls experience, Beskorowany has been extremely steady in the ECHL. His best season saw a .928 with Idaho, though I do not see that happening. If anything, this should alleviate the concerns of Ty Rimmer. Norfolk has played 13 games and Rimmer has appeared in 12 of them. He needs a rest, perhaps tomorrow against Adirondack.
Norfolk has four games this week, and could use the extra help.