With two veteran goalies already on the roster, the Augusta RiverHawks made a bold move today by trading away the Southern Professional Hockey League's leader in save percentage and goals allowed average.
Rookie goalie B.J. O'Brien and his 5-1-2 record, 2.29 goals allowed average and 92.0 save percentage were shipped to the Louisiana IceGators. The RiverHawks received cash in return, according to a statement released by the team.
O'Brien started the season with Augusta, along with second-year goalie Peter Skoggard. But Skoggard was forced to leave the country last month due to immigration issues, and head coach Brad Ralph brought back Jon Olthuis, who led the SPHL in wins last season.
O'Brien and Olthuis gave the RiverHawks 14 wins in 17 games while Skoggard was out of the country. The native Swede, who has yet to lose a regular season game, returned last week, leaving Ralph with a difficult decision.
"We were fortunate to have three extremely good goaltenders here in Augusta," Ralph said in a statement released by the team. "B.J. has done a tremendous job here. He has proven he is an elite goalie at this level, and we are all sorry to see him leave."
The RiverHawks are not scheduled to play Louisiana again during the regular season.