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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hat tricks and former Atlanta prospects in net

With Jimmy Howard called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins, Adam Berkhoel has been promoted to lead goalie of the Griffs. Back in the day, Berkhoel was among the goalies in Chicago, on call for Atlanta. And, along with others, he was sent packing to be reborn in the ECHL with a great season.

Backing him in goal was a loan from the Atlanta Thrashers organization: Dan Turple. Turple hasn’t played for the Griffins yet. Berkhoel is 5-8-3 with a 3.17 GAA and a save percentage of 87.9 percent. Turple, who is expected to stay with the Griffins through the playoffs, has recorded 12-9-3 with a 3.14 GAA and a 90.4 percent save percentage in the ECHL. He wore a Wolves sweater in October, backing Fred Brathwaite. Here and Here and Here.

Darren McCarty stole the show Friday with an attempt to return to the NHL. His resume now includes a hat trick, on Friday. The Grand Rapids Press was so taken, they figure he’ll be reporting to duty at the Joe Louis Arena before the end of the season. Here and Here and Here

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