The Colorado Avalanche have recalled goaltender Sami Aittokallio from the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters the club announced Friday.
The move comes after goaltender Reto Berra was injured during Colorado’s 5-3 loss in Ottawa Thursday night.
Post-game Patrick Roy had no update on Berra.
Berra’s injury is in addition to Semyon Varlamov’s groin injury, which is expected to keep him out of action until Colorado’s home game against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 24.
Calvin Pickard, who came in for Berra, made 23 saves in the loss.
Aittokallio, 22, has yet to play a game this season.
In 36 games with Lake Erie last season he was 15-15-3 with a 2.65 GAA and a .909 save percentage. The Tampere, Finland native was Colorado’s fourth-round selection (107th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft.
In a corresponding move, forward Dennis Everberg was reassigned to the AHL club.
Colorado visits the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday to conclude its’ four game road trip.
Tyler Johnson snuffed out any chance of a Colorado Avalanche comeback, and did so by recording his first ever hat trick in the National Hockey League.
Johnson, who stands only five-foot-nine-inches tall, opened the scoring in a wild second period, then scored two goals just two minutes and 17 seconds apart in the third to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win over the visiting Avalanche on Saturday.
Avalanche goalie Sami Aittokallio was making just his second NHL appearance. He was pulled after the second period, allowing three goals on 18 shots. It continued a trend of difficulty for goalies on this night. Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ loss to Buffalo, while James Reimer and Carey Price were each given the hook in their respective games, as well.
The Avalanche are all set with Semyon Varlamov, but having enough goaltending in the pipeline is never a bad thing. Good thing for Colorado they’ve drafted a lot of them over the years and now they’re officially bringing three of them into the fold.
Colorado signed collegiate goalies Kieran Millan (Boston University) and Kent Patterson (University of Minnesota) as well as Finland World Junior goalie Sami Aittokallio to entry-level contracts and join the fold within the organization.
Millan helped BU win the 2009 national championships as a freshman and has been a four-year starter for the Terriers. Patterson helped lead the Golden Gophers back to the NCAA tournament this season while playing all but 20:44 on ice this season. Aittokallio led Finland to a fourth place finish at the World Junior Championships this year going 3-2-0 with a goals against average of 2.52 and a .934 save percentage.
Aittokallio was a fourth-round pick in 2010 while Millan was a fifth-round pick in 2009 and Patterson a sixth-round choice back in 2007. Safe to say the Avs weren’t exactly banking on having a young Russian netminder like Varlamov back when they drafted these guys.