Rivermen Complete Trade With Havoc, Sign Colantone

November 28, 2016 - 04:05 pm

Photo Credit: Addison Blair/Peoria Rivermen

Rivermen Complete Trade With Havoc, Sign Colantone

Weidauer also activated from injured reserve as Ledy placed on 21-day IR


PEORIA, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced a series of roster moves Monday, trading center Johnny Daniels to the Huntsville Havoc in exchange for winger Jeff Jones, placing defenseman Rich Ledy on the 21-day injured reserve with a lower body injury suffered in Saturday’s shootout loss to Evansville, activating blueliner Christian Weidauer from the 14-day IR, and signing former ECHL Indy winger Michael Colantone.


Jones comes to the Rivermen after playing 21 games for the Havoc between this season and last, registering six goals and 10 assists. The 5-foot-9, 175 pounder also skated in 15 ECHL games for Florida last season without recording a point. Daniels scored a goal and assisted on two others in six games with Peoria after the Rivermen acquired him from Evansville earlier this season in exchange for Josh Harris, Geordie Wudrick, and Luke Eibler. All told this year, Daniels has notched four goals and five helpers in 14 contests between the Rivermen and Thunderbolts.


The Rivermen also announced Monday that defenseman Christian Weidauer has been activated from the 14-day injured reserve after he was placed on IR with an upper body ailment following Peoria’s November 12 game with the Havoc at Carver Arena. The Rivermen also placed blueliner Rich Ledy on the 21-day IR after he went down with a lower body injury in Saturday night’s contest with Evansville. Weidauer had a goal and an assist in eight games for the Rivermen this year before going down, and last season he logged seven assists in 30 games for Peoria around a 22-game ECHL call-up to Brampton, where he added a pair of helpers. Ledy had an assist in two games with the Rivermen after Peoria acquired him from the Knoxville Ice Bears for future considerations last week. Before the trade, Ledy had logged an additional two assists in eight games with Knoxville.


Finally, the Rivermen on Monday signed winger Michael Colantone to a full contract. The 25-year-old left school early in his senior season last season to sign with the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, skating in 40 games for Indy, scoring nine goals and assisting on eight others. Collegiately at UMass-Lowell, Colantone was a teammate of Rivermen center Terrence Wallin, and helped the River Hawks to a Hockey-East title as a true freshman in 2012-13. All told in college, Colantone recorded 13 goals and 13 assists in 78 games over parts of four seasons.


The Rivermen return to action on the road this weekend with games in Huntsville Thursday and Columbus Friday and Saturday before Peoria returns home to face Knoxville at Carver Arena December 9. Cleveland Indians pitcher and Chilicothe, IL native Zach McAllister appearing as part of Peoria’s Hometown Heroes series sponsored by CEFCU and the Peoria Civic Center. Tickets are available through the Rivermen office at (309)-676-1040.


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