Defenseman Esdale to Germany



Youngstown begins a six-game road trip tonight in Colorado.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown SteelHounds have placed Paul Esdale on their suspended list after the defenseman left the team to play in Germany.
By placing Esdale on the suspended list, the SteelHounds retain his rights in the Central Hockey League.
The Edmonton native, whose mother grew up in Youngstown, was recently named to the Northern Conference All-Star team and led the SteelHounds defensemen with 26 points (9-27=26).
Wednesday, SteelHounds Coach Kevin Kaminski announced that injured forward Joey Sewell has been moved from the 45-day injured reserve to the season-ending injured reserve.
Sewell was placed on the 45-day injured reserve back in mid-November but has since been ruled unable to play for the remainder of the 2006-07 season. In six games, the forward scored three goals with six assists.
Another move
Defenseman Josh Reed has been placed on the 45-day injured reserve list.
The SteelHounds return to their alternate persona as road warriors when the ice hockey team begin a six-game road trip tonight.
The SteelHounds are in Colorado to play the Rocky Mountain Rage at 9:05 p.m. A 22-hour bus trip to Colorado preceded three games in three nights.
Friday, the SteelHounds will play the Colorado Eagles then depart for Texas to play the Amarillo Gorillas on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The SteelHounds (14-8-6) have 34 points and are in third place in the Northeast Division. They trail Bossier-Shreveport by one point.
Youngstown finished a five-game homestand with a 2-2-1 record, gaining only one of a possible four points against the first-place Memphis RiverKings last weekend.
The SteelHounds are led by the veteran connection of Jeff Christian and Chris Richards.
Christian who leads the Central Hockey League in points (53) and assists (36), has a 15-game point streak and scored 28 points in December.
Trails teammate
Richards had 18 points in December and trails his teammate for the league lead in points and assists with his 50 points and 32 assists.
The SteelHounds are third in the league on the road with 17 points coming off of seven victories.
This will be the third time this season that the SteelHounds and the Rage have locked horns with Youngstown taking the first two at home in October.
The road trip will conclude next week with another stint of three games in three days when the SteelHounds are at Bossier-Shreveport, Corpus Christi and Laredo to go into the All-Star break.

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