Utica, NY – Utica Comets General Manager Ryan Johnson announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Michael Garteig from loan to Kalamazoo. In addition, the team has signed forward Caleb Herbert and defensemen Aaron Irving and Willie Corrin to professional tryout contracts.
Garteig, 26, has appeared in 22 games with the Kalamazoo Wings this season posting a record of 11-10-0 with a .887 save percentage and a 3.85 goals against average. The goaltender appeared in eight games with the Comets last season collecting a record of 0-4-2 with a .897 save percentage and a 3.01 goals against average.
In 2015-16, he completed his senior season with Quinnipiac University, leading the Bobcats to the ECAC Championship and a berth in the NCAA National Championship. In 43 games played, the Prince George, British Columbia, native posted a record of 32-4-7, along with a career-best .924 save percentage and a 1.91 goals against average.
Herbert, 26, recently finished the ECHL season with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits leading the team with 24 goals and 52 points. In addition, the Bloomington, Minnesota native totaled 26 AHL games this season between Hartford and San Jose amassing seven points (2-5-7) and 22 penalty minutes. The forward has collected 27 points (12-15-27) and 69 penalty minutes in 102 career AHL games.
Herbert was originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the fifth round, 142nd overall, at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Irving, 22, led all Wings defensemen this season with 15 goals, 33 assists and 48 points. His 87 penalty minutes led all Wings players. In addition, the Edmonton, Alberta native led all rookie defensemen in points and was tied for the lead in goals. He was recently named to ECHL All-Rookie Team.
Irving was originally selected by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round, 162nd overall, at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Corrin, 26, recently completed the ECHL season with the Brampton Beast totaling 24 points (4-20-24) in 37 games played. He ranked tied for first among Beast defensemen in assists. The International Falls, Minnesota native competed in 13 AHL games between Laval and Belleville totaling four points (1-3-4). The defenseman is skating in his second professional season out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.