Losers of three straight games and four of their last five, Soo Eagles have addressed their shaky goaltending situation.
The Eagles, who are clinging to fourth place in the North Division of the North American Hockey League, one point ahead of Springfield Jr. Blues, have returned goalie Landon Trutt to Cape Cod Islanders of the Northern States Jr. Hockey League.
Trutt, who started off strong after joining the Eagles in mid-December from Cape Cod, has struggled in his last two outings, giving up 8 goals in 77 minutes of action.
The release of Trutt coincides with the imminent return of second-year Eagles goalie Paige Skoog, who has been sidelined since mid-November with a concussion.
Skoog, who was just recently cleared to return to the ice, has started a conditioning program and won’t be ready for active duty until later this month.
In the interim, Nathan Klebe will be the Eagles starter, backed up by Jared Sauve of the Soo Indians major midgets.
Klebe, who began the current season in the North American 3 Hockey League with the Flint Jr. Generals, has a record of 6-2-0 with a 2.58 goals against average and .925 save percentage in an Eagles uniform, though he has not been sharp as of late.
Simply put, the Eagles — who head out west to Wenatchee to play the Wild of the Midwest Division for a pair of games this weekend — will need better goaltending down the stretch if they are going to hold onto a playoff spot, said coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo.
With 47 points from a record of 20-19-7, the Eagles have 14 games to play in the regular season.