The Milwaukee Admirals are about to embark on quite the lengthy spell on the road. They will play nine of their next eleven games away from the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Before doing that they’ve made some roster moves by recalling forward Trevor Mingoia from the Norfolk Admirals (ECHL) and also loaning both Matt O’Connor and Rick Pinkston to the Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL).
The latter part of that move is odd. The first part isn’t at all. Mingoia has had an oustanding start with Norfolk in the ECHL. Mingoia currently has 14 points (10 goals, 4 assists) in 16 games and recorded at hat trick last time out in a 3-2 overtime win for Norfolk over the Flordia Everblades. He is the current top goal scorer for Norfolk. And, when you consider how last Saturday worked out for Milwaukee, that sounds like something worth testing out right now. It’s not so much of a reward as a recall earned.
In his AHL career Mingoia has played a total of 6 games with time split between the Albany Devils and San Antonio Rampage. He did not score a point during his brief time spent in the AHL but has produced 54 points (31 goals, 23 assists) in 76 games within the ECHL.
As for what on Earth is happening with the max exodus from the new ECHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators? Goodness knows. Earlier this season Norfolk traded away Angelo Miceli to Atlanta while Miceli was signed to an AHL contract with Milwaukee. Miceli has since decided to head overseas and play for HC Bolzano in Italy’s EBEL. And, while Fred Allard and Joonas Lyytinen have spent time in the ECHL under the Norfolk banner, that really left Mingoia and Pinkston as the lone full-time guys remaining in Norfolk under contract to Milwaukee. That has now all changed. O’Connor will be making his return back to the ice after sustaining a lower-body injury earlier this month on loan with Atlanta (ECHL). And now Pinkston, who was an alternate captain in Norfolk, is also seemingly being loaned out of Norfolk and to Atlanta. It is incredibly weird to say the least. As of right now it would seem the connection between Norfolk and the rest of the affiliation is severed as far as players are concerned. I’m not sure why that is.
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