Monday, March 04, 2013

Phantoms goaltending situation temporarily resolved

Cal Heeter drew the short straw and was sent down to the Trenton Titans of the ECHL on Monday, easing the strain on the Phantoms' crowded crease. That's according to a Philadelphia Flyers insider.

For the second time this season, Adirondack carried three netminders, after Michael Leighton cleared waivers Friday and was assigned to the AHL. Head coach Terry Murray carried Leighton -- who started and lost on Sunday in Glens Falls -- along with Scott Munroe and Heeter this past weekend.

Trenton had goaltending issues of its own, with Scott Wedgewood having taken the starting job away from Niko Hovinen by the turn of the new year, and then the Titans not having a credible long-term backup after Hovinen's release from the organization several weeks ago. 

Now Wedgewood will be spelled by Heeter, who is coming down having played some bona-fide minutes this season in the AHL, going 8-13-2 with a 2.96 GAA in 24 appearances.

Also heading to New Jersey's capital is Shane Harper, who totaled four points in three games in an earlier stint with Trenton this season. The 24-year-old winger had four goals and eight points in 42 games with the Phantoms.


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