Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates bring in new goaltender

Portland, ME -The Portland Pirates have brought in goaltender Mike McKenna from the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL to replace an injured Gerald Coleman.

Coleman suffered concussion-like symptoms (headaches and dizziness) after being involved in a collision during the season-opening game against the Springfield Falcons.

McKenna, 24, went 27-4-7 with a 2.21 goal against average and a .927 save percentage. He set career highs last season in wins (27), shutouts (5) and save percentage (.927).

The St. Louis, MO native is a two-time ECHL all-star with the Las Vegas Wranglers in just his third season of professional hockey. In two seasons with Las Vegas, McKenna has posted a 46-6-8 record, with a 2.17 goals against average, six shutouts and a .925 save percentage.

McKenna received numerous accolades last season in recognition of his quality play. McKenna was named All-ECHL second team and finished second in Goalie of the Year and MVP voting. He guided the Wranglers to 11 straight wins from March 13, 2007 to April 23, 2007. McKenna drafted in the sixth round (172 overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators spent parts of the last two seasons in the AHL, making appearances with Milwaukee, Omaha and Norfolk. Prior to turning pro, McKenna played four years at St. Lawrence University.

NOTES: Ryan Carter arrived in Portland in time to take part in Pirates practice at PIA. “It’s a numbers game; they (Anaheim) have a lot of center’s and its kind a good situation for me,” said Carter. “I got a chance to go up there, got a taste for it and now I have a chance to come down here and I know what it takes to get back and stick.”

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