Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel has announced that the team has acquired goaltender Kyle Rank from the Fayetteville FireAntz in exchange for future considerations.
Rank, 26, becomes the second netminder on Peoria’s active roster, replacing Paul Karpowich who was called up to ECHL Gwinnett last Sunday. For the full roster,
A native of Islip, New York, Rank made eight appearances with the FireAntz this season and posted a 5-1-0 record, including a 5-4 win against the Rivermen on Nov. 15 in Fayetteville. In addition, Rank has notched a 2.25 goals against average and a .923 save percentage so far this year, and is currently on a three-game win streak.
Last season, the 5’11, 170-pound goaltender split time between the FireAntz and Knoxville IceBears. Over 20 games, he collected a 9-8-2 record with a 3.38 goals against average and a .919 saves rate. Rank began his professional career with Knoxville during the 2011-12 season, where he went 9-4-4 and led the team with 534 saves over 17 games played.
Prior to turning pro, Rank spent four years at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts from 2008-2012. Over 62 career games, he produced a 24-28-6 record with a 3.16 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. He was also drafted in the 12th round (#100 overall) by the Green Bay Gamblers in the 2007 USHL Entry Draft, where he played four games during the 2007-08 season.
Rank joins rookie Eric Levine between the pipes for the Rivermen.
The Rivermen begin a three-game series against the Bloomington Thunder this Friday, Dec. 20, with a 7:15 p.m. puck drop at Carver Arena. Peoria will wear custom "Central Illinois STRONG" jerseys to support tornado relief in central Illinois, which will be auctioned off after the game. All proceeds will benefit local charities and their relief efforts. It's also UnityPoint Health-Methodist "Puck Night." The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition Rivermen puck.
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.