Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Fighting Falcons make roster moves

The Port Huron Fighting Falcons have made a pair of trades as they prepare for their trip to Jamestown, N.Y., for a weekend series with the Ironmen.

Defenseman Ryan Nick was acquired last week in a trade with the Traverse City North Stars that saw the Fighting Falcons give up a tender and a third-round pick in the 2012 NAHL Draft. The Plymouth native made an instant impact, earning three points on a goal and two assists in last Saturday’s 9-0 win over Jamestown at McMorran Arena.

Nick had appeared in three games with Traverse City, including the September 28 matchup between the North Stars and the Fighting Falcons. The 18-year-old did not register a point in the 5-2 Traverse City victory.

Forward Joseph Pizza will make his Fighting Falcons debut this weekend in Jamestown after coming over in a trade with the St. Louis Bandits. Pizza (pronounced PIE-zuh), 19, appeared in five games for the Bandits this year, but has not yet registered a point.

The Fighting Falcons parted with a tender and a fourth-round draft pick to bring in the Sylvania, Ohio native.

Nick and Pizza both come from the Midwest Elite Hockey League, with Nick having played for Detroit Victory Honda and Pizza for Detroit Honeybaked. Nine Fighting Falcons players have roots in the Midwest Elite Hockey League, including five players from Honeybaked.

Travis Hill, who appeared in three games with the Fighting Falcons at the NAHL Showcase in mid-September, has been traded to the Michigan Warriors in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. Hill tallied two goals, two assists and a plus/minus of minus-8 in 17 games in Port Huron last season.

In other roster news, Dillon Kelley, who was brought up from the Metro Jets to serve as backup goalie while Pete Megariotis served a one-game suspension, has returned to the Waterford-based NA3HL team.

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