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Flyers promote goalie Hutton on emergency basis

by John McGourty
The Philadelphia Flyers promoted goaltender Carter Hutton on an emergency basis from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, in time for their game Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.

Hutton served as backup to Brian Boucher, the Flyers’ No. 2 goalie for most of this season, who is 5-15-3 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.

Hutton, 24, has appeared in four games with Adirondack this season after signing an amateur tryout agreement with the Phantoms on Mar. 20, following his senior year at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell of the Hockey East Association. He has posted a 1-2-1 record with a 2.71 GAA and .921 save percentage with Adirondack and earned his first professional victory by making 35 saves in a 4-3 win over the Bears at Hershey on Mar. 21.

 “I’m a little nervous and a little excited,” Hutton said. “It is all mixed together. It has been a bit of a whirlwind the past couple of days. I’m excited to be here and given the opportunity to put on the Flyers jersey and be a part of this organization.”

Prior to joining the Phantoms, Hutton appeared in 27 games with the Lowell-Mass River Hawks, posting a 13-12-2 record in his final season. He led all goaltenders in the Hockey East Association with a 2.04 GAA and .928 save percentage. Hutton had four shutouts and won the Bauer Goaltending Champion Award for the best combined goalie stats in the Conference, as well as being named to the Hockey East Second Team All-Stars.

A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Hutton completed his four-year career with the River Hawks with a 34-41-10 record, 2.33 GAA and .913 save percentage, including 10 shutouts in 85 collegiate games. He is the school’s all-time leader in GAA (2.33) and shutouts (10) and is tied for the all-time lead in save percentage (.913).

Hutton is the Flyers' fifth goaltender this season. Starter Ray Emery (16-11-1, 2.64 GAA and .905 save percentage) underwent abdominal surgery in December and hip surgery in late February. Michael Leighton was acquired Dec. 8 and went 16-5-2 with a 2.48 GAA and .918 save percentage. Johan Backlund was called up Saturday to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins and reinjured his groin. He was lifted after two periods, trailing 2-1, gaining the loss in his NHL debut.

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