Motte, Osipov Head to AHL
MOLINE, Ill. - Quad City Mallards goaltender C.J. Motte has signed a professional tryout agreement with the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild and defenseman Dmitry Osipov has been recalled from loan to the Mallards by the AHL's Chicago Wolves, the Mallards announced today. In addition, the Mallards have released forward Stanislav Dzakhov from an amateur tryout agreement.
Motte, 26, heads to the AHL for the fifth time this season and joins Iowa for the second time this year. The 6-foot, 175-pound St. Clair, Michigan native has gone 2-2-3 with a 2.52 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and one shutout in seven AHL games with the Wild and Wolves. In his first stint with Iowa, Motte went 1-1-2 with a 2.68 goal against average and a .911 save percentage in four games. He posted his first career AHL shutout by making by making 34 saves on December 18 in the Wild's 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Monsters. Motte also served as a backup netminder for the AHL's Stockton Heat in five games in February and March.
Motte went 10-16-2 with a 3.45 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and one shutout in 28 games with the Mallards this season. He made 28 saves last night while backstopping the Mallards to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones in the Mallards' season finale.
Motte finished last season- his first with the Mallards- tied for sixth in the ECHL in save percentage (.917) and tied for eighth in goals against average (2.68) while going 20-11-2 in 36 games. Motte represented the Mallards- and earned the win- in the 2017 ECHL All-Star Classic.
Motte last year suited up in the AHL with the Wolves, Wild and Charlotte Checkers. He played in two AHL games last season- both with Charlotte- and went 1-0-0 with a 0.75 goals against average and a .976 save percentage while surrendering a single goal on 42 shots.
Motte went 15-22-2 with a 2.83 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and two shutouts in 42 games as a rookie with the Elmira Jackals in 2015-16.
Motte broke into pro hockey with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, for whom he played four games and posted a 1-2-1 record, a 2.49 goals against average and a .917 save percentage late in the 2014-15 season.
Motte turned pro after four sterling seasons at Ferris State University. In 2014-15 he became the first goaltender in school history to serve as team captain. He set Ferris State records for most career wins and shutouts (15) while going 66-49-12 with a 2.13 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in 127 collegiate games.
Motte not only earned All-WCHA honors in both his junior (first team) and senior (third team) years but was also one of ten finalists for the 2014 Hobey Baker Award. As a senior, Motte finished second in the nation in minutes played (2435:33) and tied for sixth in shutouts (5) after leading Division I netminders in both wins (28) and minutes (2431:06) and also finishing tied for sixth in shutouts (5) in his junior year.
Motte and the Bulldogs won regular season conference titles and earned NCAA tournament bids in both 2011-12 and 2013-14 and in 2012 reached the national title game.
Motte played three years of junior hockey before heading to Ferris State. He spent two seasons in the United States Hockey League with the Waterloo Black Hawks after a single campaign in the North American Hockey League with the Traverse City North Stars.
Osipov, a 21-year old rookie, scored one goal and added four assists in 33 games with the Mallards this season. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Russian scored his first career goal March 24 in the Mallards' 2-1 victory over the Oilers in Tulsa.
Osipov returns to Chicago for his fourth AHL stint. He has registered one assist and turned in a plus/minus rating of plus-five in nine games with the Wolves this season.
Osipov spent four seasons in the major junior Western Hockey League before turning pro. A Moscow native, Osipov played for the Vancouver Giants for three and a half years before being traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings midway through last season. He scored two goals and collected 12 assists for 14 points and piled up 82 penalty minutes in 73 games last year. He produced 11 points (one goal and ten assists) in 42 games with Vancouver and recorded three points (one goal and two assists) in 31 games with Brandon.
Osipov totaled eight goals, 33 assists and 41 points along with 297 penalty minutes in 270 career WHL games.
Dzakhov, 25, scored three goals and added one assist in five games after signing an ATO with the Mallards on March 30. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Moscow native last night scored the tying and winning goals in the third period for the Mallards. Dzakhov joined the Mallards after completing his senior season at Niagara University last month. He scored five goals and added three assists in 28 games for the Purple Eagles this year.
Dzakhov produced 22 goals, 27 assists and 49 points in 120 games over four seasons at Niagara. He led the Purple Eagles in points (17) and finished tied for the team lead in goals (9) while setting collegiate career highs in both categories as a junior in 2016-17.
Dzakhov split three seasons in the junior ranks between the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey and the Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League before arriving at Niagara.
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