So the current #1 goaltender in the ECHL gets a recall to the AHL. Sounds like a nice reward for a job well done, right? Or a “let’s see what you can do at the next level” story?
In this case, a rookie backup gets sent down for the weekend to regain some confidence, plays three games in three days, and turns into a virtual brick wall.
After a three game in three day stretch that saw him give up just four goals–not counting a shootout winner–goaltender Connor Ingram was recalled to Syracuse on Monday. All he did was go 2-0-0-1 with a 1.30 GAA and a .960 save percentage, which currently tops the ECHL among goalies that have played at least 3 games/180 minutes.
Programming alert: tomorrow on my weekly visit to Raw Charge, I’ll have more on Ingram’s weekend, including GIFs!
With Ingram returning to the Crunch, Nick Riopel’s one game stint as backup to Michael Leighton came to an end, and he will return to the Thunder net.
Also recalled to Syracuse: defenseman Matthew Spencer, who also appeared in all 3 Thunder games this weekend as well, going scoreless and +1. He was paired for most of the weekend with former Crunch defenseman Mathieu Brodeur, incase anyone in Crunchland was wondering.
One other trade I missed from Thursday: a few hours after the Crunch sent down Ingram and Spencer, the Thunder acquired forward Ben Murphy from Norfolk in exchange for defenseman Ryan Segalla. In 9 games for Norfolk this season, the Massachusetts native has one goal and one assist. He made his professional debut late in the 2015-16 season with Tulsa after finishing a four year collegiate career at Bowling Green State, where he was a teammate of current Thunder forward Pierre Luc Mercier. Last season, he appeared in 16 games for Tulsa and 49 games for Norfolk, with a combined 16 goals and 15 assists. Segalla appeared in 4 games for the Thunder, with 0 goals and 4 assists.
Or should I really say, out west with the Thunder, with the road trip still happening. But anyway, I digress.
There’s going to be a couple of new faces in the Adirondack lineup as they embark on their second three in three weekend of the season:
-On Thursday, Syracuse sent down goaltender Connor Ingram and defenseman Matthew Spencer to the Thunder. With the Crunch only playing four games in the next 8 days, while Adirondack has 6 games in the same timespan, the plan is for both players to get some extra game action in, much like Colton White did at the end of October with his three game appearance before returning to a regular spot in Binghamton’s lineup.
Ingram has made six appearances for the Crunch thus far, going 1-3-1 with a 3.36 GAA and .860 save percentage. He last started on Saturday in Laval, taking a 5-2 loss against the Rocket.
Spencer has appeared in just two games for Syracuse thus far, with no points and a -1 rating. He last played on October 28th in Rochester.
To take Ingram’s spot, Nick Riopel was recalled to the Crunch and will back up Michael Leighton on Saturday at home against Charlotte. How long he stays up remains to be seen.
-This may not be the only roster action we’ll see before the weekend is out. By Sunday at 3:00 PM, all 27 ECHL teams must lower their roster limit from 21 to 20 players. With a seemingly different Thunder lineup every week so far–27 different players, goaltenders included, have made at least one appearance, with 8 appearing in all 10 games thus far–this will be an interesting decision to see who ends up on the chopping block.
A quick update on Adirondack as the Epic Road Trip of 2017 continues:
-One transaction to report: after starting the regular season on a PTO with Springfield, defenseman Mathieu Brodeur officially returned to the Thunder on Friday, joining the team in Indiana. Brodeur appeared in 7 games for the Thunderbirds, picking up one assist and 17 penalty minutes. He’ll take over for defenseman Ryan Segalla, who was placed on reserve.
-Remember when the ECHL announced its partnership with Marvel? Well, the Thunder revealed which jerseys they will be sporting on November 25th. Here’s a hint:
Naturally, when you’re the Thunder, you get the Thor jerseys, as shown in this ECHL press photo. And they’re not bad. You’ll have the chance to bid on them via MeiGray.com at a later date.