Thursday, February 1, 2007

Minor Happenings

The Washington Capitals announced today that goaltender Daren Machesney has been reassigned to the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Machesney, who posted a 3-3-1 record with a 3.18 goals against average and a .887 save percentage in 10 games with the Hershey Bears, rejoins the team he began the season with. Before his recall he was 2-5-0 with a 3.24 goals against average and an .878 save percentage with the Stingrays. He will most likely return to his position of backing up starting goaltender Davis Parley. Injuries to Hershey goaltenders Freddy Cassivi and Maxime Daigneault forced his emergency recall. With the Bears acquisition of goalie Nolan Schaefer from the Worcester Sharks, and the pending return of Cassivi from his broken collarbone, there was no more room for him on the roster.

South Carolina also announce that defenseman Donny Grover has been recalled by Hershey. Grover was one of only two Stingrays players to have played in all 42 games this season posting 8 goals and 15 assists while having a -6 defensive rating. Head Coach Jason Fitzsimmons had this to say: (from

"It's a great opportunity for Donny," Fitzsimmons said. "He's under contract with Hershey, so hopefully he can go up there and make a good impression. With only five defensemen it comes at a bad time for us, but developing players is what this league is all about."

At the same time the Stingrays announced that they have signed defenseman Jeff Moor to take Grover's place on the roster. Moor participated in the team's training camp this season before signing with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL. While there he posted 2 goals and 7 assists to go along with 135 penalty minutes in 25 games. He should provide the team with a solid physical presence.

Both teams return to action tomorrow night with road games. Hershey will be at the Hartford Wolf Pack, gametime 7:00 PM ET. South Carolina will be at the Gwinnett Gladiators in Duluth, Georgia, gametime 7:20 PM ET. Both games can be seen live online for only $6.00 via b2networks.

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