Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel announced Thursday that goaltender Chris Carrozzi (pictured) has left the team in order to further his education in Canada. In response, the Rivermen have brought in emergency backup Kevin McFarland, who attended training camp in Peoria.
Carrozzi, 23, was just signed Monday and spent less than three days with the team before his departure. The former sixth-round draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008 began the season with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL), where he made one appearance before he was released there last Friday.
Last season, the Nepean, Ontario native split time between the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) and the Ontario Reign (ECHL), where he played under former Rivermen head coach Jason Christie. Over 28 games with the Reign, Carrozzi posted a 19-7-2 record with a 2.75 goals against average, .887 save percentage and four shutouts. He also recorded a 2.80 goals against average and a .879 saves rate in three games with the IceCaps.
Overall, the 6’2, 185-pound netminder is a veteran of six AHL games and 106 ECHL games. On March 1, 2011, he made his AHL debut in Peoria while with the Chicago Wolves. Carrozzi suffered a 6-5 shootout loss that night.
A St. Louis native, McFarland played just under 30 minutes during Peoria’s exhibition game on October 18 against Bloomington. He suffered the overtime loss that night after he stopped 16 of 19 shots. Last season, the 6’2, 175-pound goaltender was used as an extra practice goalie for the St. Louis Blues.
As an emergency backup, McFarland will not be able to enter any of Peoria’s three games this weekend unless starter Eric Levine is injured, per league rules.
Peoria begins a four-game home stand on Thursday with a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against the Pensacola Ice Flyers at Carver Arena. The game can be heard locally on CD Country 107.9 FM or online at www.cd1079.net. Fans can also follow along via the live video and audio stream at www.americaonesports.com.