Dennis Sievers/Peoria Rivermen
The Peoria Rivermen have suffered their fourth call-up in less than three weeks.
Head coach Jean-Guy Trudel announced Saturday that goaltender Paul Karpowich has been loaned to the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL) and will report immediately. There is no timetable for his return.
Karpowich, 25, made one appearance for the SPHL Rivermen and earned the win in Peoria’s 4-3 victory over Huntsville on Dec. 7, where he made 24 saves on 27 shots. He was initially signed on Nov. 29 after a six-game endeavor with the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL).
Last season, Karpowich played two games for Peoria’s AHL team and posted a 4.52 goals against average with a .847 save percentage.
A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Karpowich spent four years at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York from 2008-2012. Over 130 games, he notched a record of 46-66-16 with a 2.93 goals against average and a .910 saves rate. Following his collegiate career, Karpowich turned pro with the Evansville Icemen (ECHL) on Oct. 13, 2012. He made 25 appearances with the Icemen including his first professional win on Nov. 2, 2012 vs. Wheeling.
The 6’2, 190-pound netminder was originally drafted in the seventh round (#185 overall) by the St. Louis Blues in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Karpowich joins forwards Parker Stanfield, Garrett Vermeersch and Tyler Fernandez on the list of Rivermen players who have been called up this season. Stanfield got promoted to ECHL South Carolina last Tuesday, while Vermeersch was loaned to ECHL Greenville just one day prior. In addition, Fernandez was called up to ECHL Wheeling on Nov. 26.
Following a weekend off, the Rivermen will return to action on Friday, Dec. 20 with a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against the Bloomington Thunder 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.