03/11/2009 10:36 AM
Niemi started two games for Chicago
Rockford, Ill.- Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced Wednesday that goalie Antti Niemi has been reassigned to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.
Niemi will be back in Rockford for tonight’s game at the MetroCentre against the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05 p.m.
The netminder has been with the Hawks since Feb. 26, his second career NHL recall, to back up Cristobal Huet while Nikolai Khabibulin was injured. Niemi went 1-1-1 with a 3.40 GAA and .864 save percentage for the Hawks and his first start was a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on March 1.
While playing for the Hogs, Niemi has a record of 13-12-0-3 with a 2.41 GAA and .911 save percentage. His last appearance was a shootout loss in Peoria on Feb. 25.
Next Home Game: Saturday, March 21 vs. Manitoba Moose. Game time is 7:05 pm. The Rockford IceHogs welcome the first-place Moose into the Forest City for the final of two visits in 2008-09. The first 2,000 fans can pick up a replica Goalie Mask Bank courtesy of MembersAlliance Credit Union.