Drew McIntyre was the third goaltender for the Rockford IceHogs to record a shutout this season. He was playing in just his third game since joining the IceHogs and he did it against the Charlotte Checkers, his most recent former team.
Originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2001, McIntyre has been well-traveled. The IceHogs are his ninth AHL team. He also has appeared in two games each for the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs. While his statistics seem solid, he has generally been more of a platoon goalie than a regular starter. Things don't seem to be different on the IceHogs.
McIntyre was outstanding in the shutout Tuesday night. He stopped all 30 of the Checkers shots. Several times there were flurries in front of the net, but McIntyre remained strong and kept everything in front of him.
After the game, he talked about playing against his former team. He joked a bit about having been in that position before. He also talked about playing that team three straight games (all three since he joined the IceHogs).
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(Post-game media session video courtesy of IceHogs.com)