June 19, 2013
With the American Hockey League (AHL) season coming to a close last night, here is a rundown of the former Friars who played in the AHL this past season.
Matt Taormina '09 played 55 regular season games for the Syracuse Crunch, netting four goals and 20 assists for 24 points. He then helped the Crunch go on a run to the Calder Cup finals as he scored two goals and had 10 assists in 18 playoff games. He also played two games for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Before the NHL lockout came to a close, Colin McDonald '07 played in 35 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he scored six goals and added 21 assists for 27 points. McDonald then suited up for the New York Islanders (NHL), where he netted seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 45 regular-season games. In the playoffs, McDonald had two goals and an assist for the Islanders.
Jon Rheault '08 scored 20 goals and added 28 assists for 48 points while playing in 67 games for the San Antonio Rampage. He also made his NHL debut this season, appearing in five games for the Florida Panthers.
Jay Leach '01 has played parts of the past 12 seasons in the AHL, including serving as the team captain for the 2012-13 Albany Devils. Leach, a defenseman who has played in 70 career NHL games, scored four goals and added 10 assists for 14 points in 60 games for Albany this past season.
Jon DiSalvatore '03 completed his 10th season in the AHL and his second with the Hershey Bears. In the regular season, he scored 18 goals and added 31 assists for 49 points in 68 games. In Hershey's best-of-five series with Providence, DiSalvatore scored two goals, including the overtime game-winning goal in game two. On Nov. 25, DiSalvatore became the 82nd player in AHL history to reach the 500-point plateau with a second-period goal in a 4-2 Hershey win.
Kyle MacKinnon '11 completed his second full season with the Providence Bruins, playing in 70 regular-season games while scoring 13 goals and notching 15 assists for 28 points. His 15 assists and 28 points were career-high totals. He also played in 12 playoff games as the Providence Bruins made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals and scored a goal and added two assists for three points.
Eric Baier '11 played predominantly with the Trenton Titans (56 GP, 3-10-13) of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), but also had stints with the Providence Bruins and the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. He played eight games with the Providence Bruins and scored a goal - his first career AHL goal.
Ian O'Connor '11 also netted his first career AHL goal. While suiting up for the Manchester Monarchs, O'Connor scored two goals in 17 games. He also played 55 regular-season games for the Reading Royals (18-13-31) and went on to help the Royals to the ECHL Kelly Cup Championship. He netted six goals and added two assists in 16 playoff games for the Royals.
Cody Wild '08 also spent time in the ECHL before closing out the season in the AHL. In the ECHL, he scored six goals and added 20 assists for 26 points in 35 games for the Wheeling Nailers. He also suited up for two games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) and played 14 regular-season games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) and notched two assists. In the playoffs, he played in two games and registered an assist as Wilkes-Barre made a run to the Calder Cup semifinals.
Daniel New '11 split time in 2012-13 between the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) and the Binghamton Senators (AHL). For the Senators, he scored two goals and had five assists for seven points in 33 regular-season games. He also made his AHL playoff debut.
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