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12-29-2010, 04:14 PM
Alan Ryan
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It sounds like it's worth giving Dalton a shot in Providence. They need to try something.

Hutchinson and Schaefer are not doing well compared to other goalies in the AHL.

From the P-Bruins blog in the Journal:

Subpar goaltending continues to be a problem for the P-Bruins.

Twenty-year-old Mike Hutchinson's play has tailed off recently and veteran Nolan Schaefer has struggled for most of the season.

In Tuesday night's 4-3 loss in Portland, Providence outshot the Pirates 16-4 in the first period, but Hutchinson gave up a goal in the last minute of the period to tie the score at 1.

Then, with seven seconds left in the second period, the Pirates scored to make it 2-2.

On what would turn out to be the winning goal, Colin Stuart's shot from the corner leaked through Hutchinson's pads to make it 4-2 midway through the third period.

Of the 50 goalies who have played in the AHL this season, Hutchinson's goals-against average of 3.11 ranks 40th. His save percentage is .898. Schaefer's goals-against average of 3.18 is 44th in the league. Schaefer's save percentage is .893.

One option might be Matt Dalton, who is playing well for Reading of the East Coast Hockey League.

Dalton has backstopped the Royals to first place in the ECHL's Atlantic Division. His record is 11-6-1 with a goals-against average of 2.88 and a .912 save percentage.
Dalton stopped 37 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Everblades on Tuesday night.

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