1. Defenseman Andrew Martens was playing forward last night for the Reign in Idaho, skating on a line with Mike Howe, Michael Pelech and sometimes James McEwan. This isn’t a new development; Martens did the same last year for the Reign when injuries hit particularly hard, and Karl Taylor recently joked that Martens did so well at forward it was hard to move him back to the blue line. He took the place of winger Chris Curran, who was placed on 3-day injured reserve prior to the game, a move that will keep Curran out of Friday’s rematch in Boise. We’re not sure if Curran has been set back at all in his recovery from a broken leg, or if it’s something else, but will try to update when the team returns Monday.
Peter Lenes scored the only goal in the shootout as the Reign came back from a 2-0 deficit at Qwest Arena on Wednesday. Greg Hogeboom and Shawn Germain scored goals in the third period, and Curtis Darling stopped 32 of 34 through 65 minutes, and all five shootout attempts.
More details in tomorrow’s editions.
Michael Pelech’s goal 2:44 into overtime was the difference as the Reign snapped a five-game losing streak at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Unable to find the offense they had two nights earlier in West Valley, Utah, the Reign lost their fifth straight game Friday, 6-2 to the Utah Grizzlies.
The ECHL on Thursday announced its 2010 Hall of Fame inductees: Cam Brown, E.A. “Bud” Gingher, Olaf Kolzig and Darryl Noren.
Along with members of Gingher’s family (he died in 2002), Brown, Kolzig and Noren have been invited to the induction ceremony, which will take place in conjunction with the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 20, 2010 at the Hilton Ontario Airport.
In a statement released by the league, ECHL commissioner Brian McKenna said, “This is a unique and very worthy group of inductees. It is unique in that it includes our first inductee in the Development Player category.
“Cam Brown is the all-time leader in games played and helped pave the way for many of today’s ECHL players while Bud Gingher played a lead role in the early development of the ECHL as both an owner and Chairman of the Board.
“Olaf Kolzig got his start in professional hockey and key development time in the ECHL. As one of the first prospects to go on to a long and distinguished career in the National Hockey League, he helped bring credibility to the league and became an example for many young players to follow.
“Darryl Noren is always mentioned and recognized as one of the most skilled and consistent performers in league history.”
The Reign survived a miserable first period that saw the Utah Grizzlies go up 5-0 after 15:28, and somehow salvaged a point.
In case you missed it, Chris Curran’s comeback is complete: http://www.sbsun.com/sports/ci_13898271
Only twice as a reporter have I seen a player leave a hockey rink in a stretcher. One was Curran, the other was James Wisniewski in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. Wisniewski suffered a lung contusion but only missed one game. So I asked Karl Taylor if it was the worst injury he had seen as a coach; turns out he once had a player nearly swallow his tongue and die … never mind.
Here’s what else Taylor had to say about Curran: