Mass. College Hockey: NU’s Rawlings Signs AHL Deal With Portland
Courtesy of the Northeastern University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about their former goaltender, Chris Rawlings, who recently signed an AHL (American Hockey League) deal with the Portland Pirates:
PORTLAND, Maine – Northeastern’s all-time leader in career shutouts (11) Chris Rawlings (2010-13) signed an AHL deal with the Portland Pirates for the 2013-14 season on Friday, July 19, as announced by Phoenix Coyotes assistant general manager and Portland Pirates general manager Brad Treliving.
Portland is Phoenix Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate.
After graduating from Northeastern last spring, Rawlings earned a taste of the professional ranks in both Portland and Idaho (ECHL). The North Delta, British Columbia, native made his professional debut with Idaho and appeared in two games for the Steelheads, totaling a 0.60 goals against average and a sterling .975 save percentage, including a shutout in his first professional start.
After proving worthy in the ECHL circuit, the 6’5 backstopper played in one game with Portland after inking an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Pirates on April 20, 2013. In that outing, Rawlings turned aside 19-of-20 shots in 40 minutes of action in the club’s regular season finale against Bridgeport.
Rawlings was a staple between the pipes on Huntington Avenue for the last four seasons and rewrote the record books throughout his tenure.
Not only does the Canadian product own the school record in career shutouts, Rawlings rests amongst the top three in numerous career goaltending categories.
Rawlings was the second-most tested goalie in school history behind Bruce Racine (1984-88) with 123 total games played. His 3,522 total saves and .914 save percentage are also second best in school history while his 2.83 goals against and 47 victories were third best in the Huskies’ annals.
From Nov. 18 to Dec. 10, 2011, Rawlings posted a career-high six game-winning streak and registered a four-year best 47 saves against Providence on Feb. 18, 2012. Rawlings even managed to pick up four assists to help his own cause.
The 2013-14 season gets under way in just a little over two months when the Huskies welcomes Dalhousie University for an exhibition bout on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Northeastern’s first series of the regular season takes place against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, at Matthews Arena.