Alumni report: Wingels scores in Sharks' opener

Wingels helps ice win over Vancouver

By John Lachmann
Kypostsports@yahoo.com
Twitter: @rednblackhawks

Throughout the season, RedHawkey will highlight former Miami hockey players that have turned professional and provide statistics of former RedHawks in leagues around the world.

At this point, the AHL has not finalized its rosters and the ECHL and CHL are still about two weeks from beginning play, so this list will grow significantly by the end of October.

NHL: San Jose’s Tommy Wingels scored in the Sharks’ first game of the season, a 4-1 win over Vancouver on Oct. 3.

Wingels scored San Jose’s final goal with 4:03 remaining in the third period off a feed from Andrew Desjardins. He was also named second star of the game.

Jeff Zatkoff has made the Pittsburgh Penguins as the team’s backup. Zatkoff, who has never played an NHL game, took over that role after Tomas Vokoun went down with a blood clot that will cost him at least half of the season.

Zatkoff went 26-20 with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage with Wilkes-Barre of the AHL in 2012-13.

AHL: Justin Mercier was on the Texas Stars’ training camp roster after playing spending the 2012-13 season.

If Mercier makes the Stars, he would be teammates with former RedHawk Curtis McKenzie.

ECHL: Gary Steffes is on Bakersfield’s training camp roster.

Steffes has scored 61 goals in the past three seasons with the CHL Tulsa Oilers, and he earned a promotion to AHL Lake Erie last season, where he scored a goal and dished for two assists in 16 games.

Also, Justin Vaive was signed by Greenville. Vaive had two goals and two assists in six games with Cincinnati last season, and played 41 games with AHL San Antonio, recording a pair of goals and two helpers.

Europe: Randy Robitaille is back for his second season with Donbass, and he has three goals and six assists in his first 11 games.

Despite being a week from his 38th birthday, Robitaille is averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice time, has a plus-7 rating and is winning 53 percent of his faceoffs.

Pat Leahy had a three-assist game in a 6-2 win over Salzburg on Sept. 29.

Leahy picked up his first helper early in the second period of that game, and added his other two helpers in a five-minute span early in the final stanza to put the game away.

NHL
F Tommy Wingels, SJ, 1 GP, 1-0—1
D Andy Greene, NJ, 1 GP, 0-0—0
D Alec Martinez, LA, 0 GP, 0-0—0
D Dan Boyle, SJ 1 GP, 0-0—0
F Reilly Smith, BOS 1 GP, 0-0—0
G Jeff Zatkoff, PIT, 0 GP, 0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 Sv%
AHL
F Andy Miele, POR, 0 GP, 0-0—0
F Ryan Jones, OKC, 0 GP, 0-0—0
F Carter Camper, PRO, 0 GP, 0-0—0
F Pat Cannone, CHI, 0 GP, 0-0—0
F Trent Vogelhuber, SPR, 0 GP, 0-0—0
F Tyler Biggs, TOR, 0 GP, 0-0—0
F Curtis McKenzie, TEX, 0 GP, 0-0—0
F Justin Mercier, TEX, 0 GP, 0-0—0
D Cameron Schilling, HER, 0 GP, 0-0—0
D Chris Wideman, BNG, 0 GP, 0-0—0
D Vincent LoVerde, MNC, 0 GP, 0-0—0
D Will Weber, SPR, 0 GP, 0-0—0
G Connor Knapp, RCH, 0 GP, 0-0—0
Europe
F Randy Robitaille, Donbass (KHL-Russia), 11 GP, 3-6—9
F Pat Leahy, Linz, EBEL (Austria), 7 GP, 1-5—6
F/D Matt Tomassoni, Bolzano, EBEL (Austria), 8 GP, 0-1—1
F Dustin Whitecotton, Straubing (DEL-Germany), 0 GP, 0-0—0

 

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