ECHL: Goaltending In Adirondack Improves Despite Injury

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The Adirondack Thunder have been extremely busy on the Monday prior to the ECHL Trade Deadline, but two of the biggest moves of the day came between the pipes for the Thunder. Isaac Poulter, who earned himself an entry-level deal earlier this season and has gone 17-8-1 with a 2.55 GAA, .911SV%, and four shutouts in 28 games with the Utica Comets this season, including a quick call-up to New Jersey to serve as the back-up for a game, has been sent down to the Adirondack. At the time the news broke, it seemed as if the Thunder had a logjam in net with four healthy goaltenders and were going to have to make room for Poulter; however, it was later released that goaltender Tyler Brennan has once again hit the IR for the Thunder, that move is retroactive to 3/10 which means he will likely miss the next four games along with Patrick Grasso and Zach Walker. Brennan has a 5-4-0-2 record, along with a 3.06 GAA, .902 SV%, and one shutout in just 12 games this season; he was pulled in his last start on March 8th in Maine when he gave up three goals on 11 shots in just over twelve minutes of action.

Adirondack already had one of the best goaltending trios in the league, but now being able to run with Vinnie Purpura, Jeremy Brodeur, and Isaac Poulter makes it a trio that every team in the ECHL should fear, knowing you’re running into a great goaltender on any given night. There’s no question that it wasn’t his play that sent him down, just a logjam of goalies in Utica who now have Akira Schmid, Nico Daws, and Erik Kallgren, who all have NHL experience under their belt. The move also points to Vinnie Purpura, who will likely still be on the Thunder come 3 pm on Thursday once the ECHL trade deadline has passed. Poulter had a record of 17-8-1 with a 2.55 GAA, .911SV%, and four shutouts in 28 games with the Comets this season and has been their best goaltender this season. This is a massive addition for the Thunder as they have a four-in-five beginning on Wednesday, including three games against the second-place Norfolk Admirals.

Armand Klisivitch

Inside The Rink ECHL Manager | Senior Editor Credentialed Reporter for the Adirondack Thunder & Worcester Railers.

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