With this week’s announcement that the American Hockey League season is officially over, Karen’s Print Rite brings you a rundown on the Black Hawks’ top alumni during the AHL’s 2019/20 campaign:
#3 – Cal Petersen
Ontario Reign • Goalie
A call-up by the L.A. Kings meant Petersen did not take the ice in an AHL game during February or March. Nevertheless, he still had the league’s seventh-highest total of minutes played during the season. In fact, with a similar length of time spent in the NHL during both 2018/19 and 2019/20, he was just one appearance and 24 minutes from equaling his AHL totals from the earlier year, even though this schedule was a month shorter. Petersen delivered a 17-15-4 record, including three shutouts. Arguably his best performance came on January 17th during a 5-1 win against the Stockton Heat; despite the favorable margin of victory, Petersen turned in 50 saves as the Reign were outshot 51-26.
#2 – Tom Novak
Milwaukee Admirals • Forward
Novak was near the top of several statistical categories for AHL rookies when the season ended, despite a slow start to his first year of pro hockey. As of November 2nd, Novak had one assist. He added 30 more in just over four months which followed. With 31 total, he tied for 18th overall in the AHL and ranked third among rookies. Adding 11 goals, his point figure (42) stood 7th among AHL newcomers. His breakout effort was a four-point (one goal, three assist) game during a 6-4 win against the Manitoba Moose on November 6th. It was the first of two four-point efforts this season. Novak also ended the year with a +20 plus/minus differential.
#1 – Jacob MacDonald
Colorado Eagles • Forward
In 72 AHL games during 2018/19, MacDonald had 43 points. This year, he had 42 in just 56 appearances. With 16 goals, MacDonald was three ahead of the league’s next-most prolific defenseman, and he ranked fourth in points among players at the position. Moving to Colorado after three prior AHL seasons in the east, MacDonald helped to lift the Eagles’ power play to higher altitudes by scoring a special teams goal in seven different games. On October 11th, he scored a game-winning overtime goal to push Colorado past the Ontario Reign for a 4-3 win. With an assist that night as well, it was one of MacDonald’s nine multipoint games during the year.
Justin Kloos, San Diego Gulls: 53 GP, 11 G, 19 A, 30 Pts, +10, 1 PPG, 3 SHG, 2 GWG
Vincent LoVerde, Hartford Wolf Pack: 62 GP, 4 G, 17 A, 21 Pts, +17, 1 GWG
Rem Pitlick, Milwaukee Admirals: 63 GP, 20 G, 16 A, 36 Pts, +8, 10 PPG, 3 GWG
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