Former UAA goaltender Nate "The Great'' Lawson -- hey, used to say so on his mask -- has been buried at AHL Binghamton all season until the NHL lockout ended.
Buried? Really? Yes, until recently he had played all of one game, and got strafed back in that October match.
But with the AHL Senators getting goalies called up to the NHL Ottawa Senators for training camps, Lawson has made three starts -- and killed it. Tonight, he made 36 saves in a 4-2 win over visiting Toronto. In those three recent games, Lawson is 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .956 save percentage -- he has stopped 109 of 114 shots. Not bad for a cat who didn't play for nearly three months, although it should be noted he has played behind two dudes with very strong numbers in Robin Lehner (14-5-1, 1.90, .945) and Ben Bishop (8-3-2, 2.59, .928).
Anyhow, moving on in the A, note that Alaska Aces defenseman Corey Syvret played for Toronto against Lawson tonight and was even with one shot on goal.
Aces rookie defenseman William Wrenn played for Worcester in a 3-1 loss to visiting Manchester. Wrenn was even with one shot. Manchester's J.J. Johnson, the former Aces and Seawolves winger, had a fight in the game. And former UAA winger Tommy Grant, traded by the New York Rangers to the San Jose Sharks this week, had one shot and an even rating for Worcester.
And erstwhile Aces defenseman Kane Lafranchise had an even rating for Oklahoma City in a 4-2 loss to visiting San Antonio.