The Alaska Aces this week are experiencing the tough side of being an affiliated team -- losing players to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.
Today, wingers Peter Sivak and David Eddy were summoned to Abbotsford because of injuries and illness in the NHL Calgary-AHL Abbotsford chain -- that news comes via Aces coach Rob Murray. That makes four Aces summed to Abbotsford in the last three days -- defensemen Kane Lafranchise and James Martin were promoted Tuesday.
Murray said Sivak and Eddy are scheduled on a flight out of Denver this afternoon, headed for Vancouver. The Aces began an eight-game road trip Wednesday night in Loveland, Colo., with a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Eagles, who they play again Friday night.
Sivak leads the Aces in scoring with 6-17--23 totals and a +12 rating in 15 games. Eddy, sent down to the Aces from Abbotsford earlier in the season, went 1-2--3 and +1 in five games with the Aces.
Murray said rookie winger Andy Taranto, expected back in the lineup Friday after missing three games with a lower-body injury, likely will slot into Sivak's spot on the top line with center Nick Mazzolini and left wing Evan Trupp. Murray said he wasn't sure yet how he'll adjust to Eddy's departure. Center Tim Coffman will return to the lineup Friday after missing three games with a lower-body injury.
Thus, the Aces still have enough guys to dress a full 10 forwards, so at least they won't be playing with a short bench Friday.