With Capitals’ goaltender Tomas Vokoun being sidelined due to a nagging injury, Braden Holtby was quickly summoned from Hershey to D.C. after a 3-2 win over the Albany Devils on Saturday night. ECHL prospect Philipp Grubauer has been the Bears’ goalie call-up when either Holtby or Sabourin get a temporary stint in the NHL. However, due to a minor wrist injury to Grubauer, Hershey was forced to go to plan “B”.
On Sunday, the Hershey Bears announced they have signed 24-year-old netminder Billy Sauer to a professional tryout agreement. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Sauer joins the roster after serving seven games in the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays. In those seven appearances he posted a record of 3-2-2 with a goal against average of 2.74 and save percentage of .917.
Dany Sabourin started all three game for the Bears in their recent three games in three nights stretch, meaning Sauer is expected to get his first start with the Hershey Bears in one of the coming games. The Bears return home on Wednesday, March 21 for their first ever home meeting against the St. John’s Ice Caps. They then host the Charlotte Checkers at Giant Center Saturday and Sunday for their final two meetings of the regular season.
Sauer has also played games in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades, Gwinnett Gladiators and Greenville Road Warriors. He was originally selected in the seventh round, 201st overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.