Three members of the Indy Fuel have been called up to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs as the Calder Cup Playoffs loom.
Goaltender Mac Carruth was reassigned to the IceHogs, while the team also called up defensemen Justin Holl and Kirill Gotovets.
All three have spent time in Rockford this season, and two are under contract to the IceHogs. The third, Carruth, is on an entry-level deal with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.
Carruth played two games in Rockford this season, winning both and posting a 1.00 GAA. He had a shutout. He will join NHL veterans Antti Raanta and Michael Leighton in the IceHogs net. With the Fuel, he was 17-13-7 with a 2.55 GAA and .914 save percentage, ranking among the tops in ECHL goaltenders. He had a very strong finish for the Fuel, going 2-0-1 while starting the team’s final three games. Carruth also had three shutouts with the Fuel. A seventh-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2010, the 23-year-old Carruth is in his second full pro season.
Holl returns to Rockford, where he played one game during a callup earlier this season. A first-year pro and a former Minnesota Golden Gopher, the 23-year-old right-shot defenseman had seven goals and 27 assists in 66 games with the Fuel. He was a second-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2010.
Gotovets also had a strong rookie season, with seven goals and six assists in 47 games with the Fuel. He also had a goal and an assist in nine games with the IceHogs earlier this season. Gotovets was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round in 2009, and played four years at Cornell. He has been versatile for the Fuel, playing a few games at right wing despite primarily being a defenseman. He and Holl provided a strong pairing for the Fuel for much of the latter half of the year when both were in Indy.