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Published: February 24th 2014 @ 8:05 PM by: Alan Fuehring



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Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel announced Monday that defenseman Tyler Amburgey has been traded to the Pensacola Ice Flyers as part of a three-player deal. In return, the Rivermen received rookie forward Justin Alonzo, the rights to defenseman Mike MacIntyre and cash, shortly before the league’s trade deadline passed at 2 p.m. CST. Both Alonzo and MacIntyre were part of Pensacola’s championship team last season.


For a full list of Peoria’s transactions this season, click here.


MacIntyre, 22, is currently on call-up with the St. Charles Chill (Central Hockey League), where he has been since Dec. 29. In 24 games for the Chill this season, the Belle River, Ontario native has recorded seven assists and 36 penalty minutes. He began the season with the Brampton Beast (CHL) and played seven games with no points before being signed to a three-game tryout by Pensacola on Nov. 9. With the Ice Flyers, MacIntyre appeared in 18 games and collected seven points (4g, 3a), 30 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating.


Last season, the 5’11, 200-pound defenseman began his pro career in the Federal Hockey League with the Williamsport Outlaws, where he produced four assists and 14 penalty minutes in 16 games. MacIntyre went on to play 42 games for the Ice Flyers and tallied 17 points (8g, 9a) and 60 penalty minutes.


Alonzo, 25, appeared in 36 games for the Ice Flyers this season and recorded 21 points (6g, 15a), 28 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating. Last season, the San Jose, California native kicked off his pro career with nine games for Pensacola, which followed a four-year career at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. Over 97 collegiate games, Alonzo produced 106 points (34g, 72a) and 235 penalty minutes.


From 2006-2009, the 5’10, 195-pound forward played three years of junior hockey for the Boston Junior Bruins in the Eastern Junior Hockey League. There, he was a teammate of current Rivermen winger Steve Morra.


Amburgey, 22, skated in 36 games for the Rivermen this season and notched 21 points (5g, 16a) and 33 penalty minutes. He also spent more than a month on the injured reserve from Nov. 13 to Dec. 16.


A native of Rowlett, Texas, Amburgey began his pro career last season with the Quad City Mallards (CHL) and registered two assists in 17 games. He also played two games with the Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL). Prior to turning pro, the 6’2, 215-pound defenseman spent three seasons in the United States Hockey League between the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Tri-City Storm. In 2010-11, he collected three assists in 11 playoff games and helped Dubuque win the USHL’s Clark Cup Championship.


The Rivermen return home on Friday for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop against the Louisiana IceGators at Carver Arena. Friday is “Superhero Night” featuring appearances by Batman, Spiderman, Captain America and more. Plus, fans are invited to participate in a superhero costume contest. The game can be heard locally on CD Country 107.9 FM or online here. Fans can also follow along via the live video and audio stream at americaonesports.com.