(Boise, ID) ? Before leaving the Boise International Airport Thursday morning for Alaska, Idaho Steelheads head coach Derek Laxdal announced some changes between the pipes for his ECHL hockey club. Goaltender Rejean Beauchemin has been loaned to Manitoba of the American Hockey League. To fill his spot on the roster, the Steelheads have signed ECHL veteran Kevin Nastiuk. Nastiuk, 24, has played for the ECHL?s Alaska Aces, Las Vegas Wranglers, Gwinnett Gladiators, and Florida Everblades. He also has 23 games of experience in the AHL since turning pro in 2005. ?Beauch earned this opportunity by playing well in Manitoba?s training camp and then playing well here for us to start the season,? Laxdal said of the promotion. ?And Nastiuk is a solid player who knows the situation and knows how to handle himself professionally.? Laxdal said he?s unsure how long Beauchemin will be gone, which is why the organization chose to sign an established goaltender to team with Richard Bachman in net for the Steelheads. Beauchemin is 3-0-0 with the Steelheads with a .940 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average. He?s among the ECHL?s league leaders in all three categories. Idaho plays in Anchorage against the Alaska Aces Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Note: Defenseman Riley Weselowski has been returned to the Steelheads after failing a physical. He has been placed on the 21-day injured reserve list due to an injury sustained earlier this season. He had been claimed off waivers from Idaho by the Victoria Salmon Kings. The Steelheads return home Saturday, November 7, to host the Utah Grizzlies. It?s another ?Sellout Saturday? at Qwest Arena -- if the game is a sellout, pitchers of beer and soda are half-price in the SportZone after the game. Tickets are available at the Qwest Arena box office or by calling 208.331.TIXS.
Beauchemin called up, Nastiuk signed
Wednesday, October 28th
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