In the pros: Lowery signs with South Carolina

Former CC captain Ryan Lowery signed a contract with ECHL South Carolina, joining former college teammate Tyler Johnson.

From the press release …

Lowery, 24, heads into his second professional campaign after splitting last season between the Stockton Thunder and the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

The Inverness, Ill. native appeared in 22 games with the Thunder picking up seven points (1g-6a) and 28 contests with the Barons adding seven points (1g-6a).

In 2011, he appeared with the Edmonton Oilers in the YoungStars Tournament.

Before going pro, Lowery completed a four-year collegiate career at Colorado College totaling seven goals and 39 assists for 46 points in 152 games and served as captain his senior season.

In the pros: Bachman, Johnson, Lowery, O’Connell, Prosser, Testwuide

Tyler Johnson

Former Tiger Tyler Johnson (six points in 20 games) has left the ECHL following a trade from Chicago to South Carolina and headed to play in Europe. I left him a message  and hope to hear back soon.

Drew O’Connell was signed as a backup goalie recently for the injury-depleted Alaska Aces of the ECHL. The Anchorage native remains on the roster, judging from the league transactions list, but has yet to play.

I caught up with former CC captain Mike Testwuide, who along with Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom, will play in the AHL’s outdoor game Friday night. The game will be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. Mountain on Saturday

Nate Prosser was sent down to the AHL on Thursday.

Here’s a pretty thorough scouting report on former CC captain Ryan Lowery, who is injured.

Kari Lehtonen’s continued struggles may give goalie Richard Bachman a chance to start more often for the Stars.

In the pros: Johnson, McElhinney, Prosser, Testwuide

North Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays and Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today that forward Anthony Maiani has been traded to the Chicago Express in exchange for former Tigers forward Tyler Johnson.

Johnson, 22, skated in 20 games for the Express netting three goals and three assists for six points. Currently in his rookie year, the Cloquet, Minnesota, native spent four seasons at Colorado College recording 82 points (45g, 37a) in 154 games.

Maiani, 22, appeared in 23 games with the Stingrays adding two goals and five assists for seven points.

Former Tiger Curtis McElhinney recorded a win for Phoenix, 4-2 over Minnesota. Nate Prosser played for the Wild.

Mike Testwuide scored the game-winner in Adirondack’s 2-1 win over Albany in overtime.