Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel has announced that goaltender Kevin McFarland (pictured), as well as Japanese winger Masahito Suzuki and right wing Casey Mignone have been released by the team.
The Rivermen will continue to make moves over the next several days in order to meet the Southern Professional Hockey League’s requirement of an 18-man roster by Wednesday, Oct. 23. Peoria’s training camp roster currently consists of 27 skaters and two goalies.
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A St. Louis native, McFarland played just under 30 minutes in net during Friday’s pre-season opener and was tabbed with the overtime loss. He stopped 16 of 19 shots after he relieved starting goaltender Russ Stein midway through the second period. Last season, the 6’2, 175-pound goaltender was used as an extra practice goalie for the St. Louis Blues.
Suzuki, 29, recorded one shot in Peoria’s exhibition game Friday. The 5’8, 190-pound winger spent the last three seasons playing for Tohoku in the Asia League. He is a 3-time Asia League champion and was also a key part of Japan’s national team in 2011. Last year, Suzuki notched 16 goals and 21 assists in 42 games for the Tohoku Free Blades, with an additional four goals in eight playoff games.
Mignone, 25, is a right wing with 45 games of SPHL experience, including 40 games last season with the Augusta Riverhawks. The 5’11, 185-pound native of Ramsey, New Jersey played parts of three seasons in the FHL and skated for four college seasons between Lebanon Valley College and Westfield State College. He recorded an assist on Friday.