The St. John’s IceCaps have lost goaltender Eddie Pasquale to season-ending surgery.
IceCaps coach Keith McCambridge confirmed after his team’s 5-2 American Hockey League victory over the Worcester Sharks that Pasquale will have surgery, likely in his native Toronto, within the next two weeks.
McCambridge would only say the goalie has a “lower body injury”, but one source indicated it’s in the hip area.
The 23-year-old puckstop was 17-13-1 on the season, with a 2.43 goals against average and .920 save percentage.
Entering Friday’s slate of games, Pasquale was second in the AHL in saves, and the fifth-busiest goaltender in minutes played.
“It’s been nagging him for a little while,” McCambridge said. “It didn’t just happen to him the last game. He and his agent have discussed options and they decided now is the best time for him to have the surgery.
“He’s been a big part of this team for two and a half years. He’s won some big games for us this year, so anytime you lose a goaltender of his calibre, it’s definitely a hit to your team.”
On Saturday, the IceCaps signed former Dallas Stars draft pick (second round, 59th overall) Tyler Beskorowany to a professional tryout contract to backup Michael Hutchinson.
Beskorowany appeared in 32 games for the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls this season, going 14-13-3 with a 3.37 GAA and .89 save percentage.
He played the past two seasons with the AHL’s Texas Stars.
“I wouldn’t use term blow or setback,” said McCambridge of the Pasquale injury. “We lost Jason King to a season-ending injury, we lost Hunter Tremblay to season-ending injury (both last season).
“It’s unfortunate, but it happens in pro sports. Eddie’s been a good goalie for us, but we’ll have to deal with it. And hopefully he gets better and he’s able to get his health back to where it needs to be next year.”
If there was some good news Saturday, it lies in the fact Eric O’Dell and Zach Redmond were reassigned to St. John’s, at least for the Olympic break.
The two were dispatched to the IceCaps following the Winnipeg Jets’ game in St. Louis Saturday.
Depending on their travel arrangements, they could be in the St. John’s lineup for the IceCaps-Worcester Sharks game Sunday afternoon.