|Pat Nagle (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
So here we are. Texas will play the defending Calder Cup champions and current conference leaders with the team in net that was anticipated to play all year in Idaho.
If you feel like that's rough, just imagine how fans in Boise feel right now.
Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that goaltender Pat Nagle has been recalled from loan with the Idaho Steelheads, the team's ECHL affiliate.
Nagle, 25, signed a standard AHL contract with the Stars on August 27, 2013. The Bloomfield, Michigan native attended the Stars' training camp this fall, appearing in one pre-season game made 21 saves to combine with starter Josh Robinson for a 3-0 shutout win over the San Antonio Rampage on September 29th at Cedar Park Center. Nagle was loaned to Idaho on October 1st and he has appeared in 22 games for the Steelheads this season, posting an 11-10-1 record, with a 2.83 goals-against average, a 0.920 save percentage and one shutout.
Last season he made his AHL debut with the Syracuse Crunch on March 6, 2013 at Toronto, entering the game at 2:24 of the second period to relieve starter Riku Helenius in a 6-3 loss to the Marlies. Nagle made his first career AHL start on March 21, 2013 at home against Binghamton Senators and remained with the Crunch and dressed as the backup goaltender for every game of the team's run to the 2013 Calder Cup Finals. During his rookie season he helped the ECHL's Florida Everblades win the 2012 Kelly Cup Championship, beating the Las Vegas Wranglers in the Finals in five games. Nagle was undrafted after playing four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Ferris State University of the CCHA.