Hutchinson Returns, Dalton Heads Back to ECHL's Reading
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have reassigned goaltender Michael Hutchinson to Providence from the ECHL's Reading Royals, while also reassigning goalie Matt Dalton from Providence to Reading. The two net-minders were originally swapped on Dec. 29, 2010.
Hutchinson, 20, began the season in Providence, going 7-7-0 with a 3.11 goal-against-average and .898 save percentage in 18 games to begin his professional career. The P-Bruins' November Player of the Month enjoyed a seven-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 31 to Nov. 24, 2010, going 5-0-0, but then lost five of six starts before being sent to Reading.
Hutchinson found success again in the ECHL, compiling a 9-5-3 record, his first career shutout, a 2.85 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 17 games for the Royals. He enjoyed his best run from Jan. 21 to Feb. 2, going 4-0-2 over a six-game unbeaten in regulation stretch.
Prior to turning pro, Hutchinson spent four junior seasons in the OHL with Barrie and London. The native of Barrie, Ontario, went a remarkable 32-12-2 with three shutouts and a 2.86 GAA in his final junior year for the Knights in 2009-10. Overall, Hutchinson compiled a 67-50-13 record in 130 regular season games in juniors, plus a 12-11 playoff mark. The rookie was selected by Boston 77th overall in round three of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Dalton, 24, went 7-8-0 with two shutouts and a 3.07 GAA in 15 games during his second stint of the season in Providence, bringing his AHL season totals to 16 contests, a 7-9-0 mark and 3.20 GAA. His seven wins were the first of his AHL career, as were his two shutouts. Dalton was named Providence's January Player of the Month, helped by a string of six wins in seven games from Jan. 2-21, but he since dropped six of seven decisions, including his last five attempts at a victory.
Dalton returns to Reading, where the second-year pro is 11-7-0 with two shutouts, a 2.88 GAA and .912 save percentage in 18 games this year. As a rookie in 2009-10, Dalton backstopped the Royals to the American Conference Finals and he was named Reading's Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Fan's Choice after finishing the regular season with a 22-20-4 record, one shutout, a 3.47 GAA and .906 save percentage in 46 outings. He added a 10-6 mark in the postseason, along with a 3.02 GAA and .914 save percentage. Dalton also went 0-4-1 with a 3.26 GAA and .904 save percentage in six games for Providence as a first-year pro following two seasons with the Bemidji State University Beavers. The Clinton, Ontario, native was signed by Boston to an entry-level contract on Apr. 22, 2009.
The P-Bruins' roster is comprised of 22 players, including 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
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