The Alaska Aces have shown signs of resurgence after missing the playoffs the past two seasons. Forward Stephen Perfetto and goaltender Michael Garteig have been instrumental in the revitalization. Now, both are being rewarded for their solid play.
The team announced early Monday morning the call-ups of both to the American Hockey League (AHL). Perfetto is headed to the San Antonio Rampage while Garteig will travel east to join the Utica Comets. Perfetto is the team’s leading scorer with seven goals and 15 assists in 12 games. Garteig is 7-1-0 this season for Glacier Blue with a 2.39 goals against average, or GAA.
In a statement on the team’s website, Aces’ Head Coach and president of hockey operations Rob Murray said, “Both Stephen and Michael have performed exceptionally well so far this season. They’ve earned their call-ups and we wish them the best.”
It’s not the first ladder climb for Garteig. He made a quick trip to the NHL last week sitting on the Vancouver Canucks’ bench as the back-up goaltender in 3-2 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes. He did not play in the game.
The Aces are coming off another series win this past weekend, this time in Wichita. They’ll spend Thanksgiving in Anchorage as they host Utah this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s possible the team will be see the return of both players. But for now, it will be without two of its best contributors.
That’s life in the ECHL.