Leach, McGauley, Monardo Assigned to Stingrays
December 14, 2016The Hershey Bears announced today that defenseman Joey Leach and forward Domenic Monardo have been loaned to the club’s ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays. Additionally, forward Tim McGauley has been re-assigned to South Carolina.
Leach, 24, has appeared in 14 games with Hershey this season, notching three assists and a +8 plus/minus rating. Leach has skated in 37 career AHL games with Oklahoma City, Lake Erie, and Hershey, registering seven assists. The native of Wadena, Saskatchewan has appeared in three games with South Carolina this season, notching three assists, four penalty minutes and a plus/minus of +2. Leach played 58 games last season with the Stingrays, collecting 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) to go along with 122 penalty minutes. His plus/minus of +40 was the best in the ECHL.
Monardo, 28, skated in eight games with Hershey, registering three assists with the Bears. Monardo has appeared in 11 games with the Stingrays this season, scoring four points (one goal, three assists). The Bears signed the forward to a one-year contact on July 7 after joining the club last April on a professional tryout agreement. The native of Oakville, Ontario spent the past two seasons with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. In 2015-16, Monardo appeared in 44 games with Springfield, scoring 13 points (eight goals, five assists).
McGauley, 21, is expected to make his professional debut with South Carolina after recovering from an injury that caused him to miss the opening of the season. The native of Wilcox, Saskatchewan enjoyed an exceptional junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. In 276 career games with Brandon, McGauley scored 259 points (102 goals, 157 assists) over parts of five seasons. Despite missing time due to injury in 2015-16, McGauley served as an alternate captain with Brandon and led the Wheat Kings to a WHL Championship. McGauley signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals on October 5, 2015 after participating in the team’s rookie tournament and 2015 training camp as an undrafted invitee.
Prior to the holiday break, Hershey is back in action for three games this weekend. The Bears visit Lehigh Valley on Friday, then return home on Saturday for UGI Snow Globe Night and Healthcare Night as the Hartford Wolf Pack visit at 7 p.m. Sunday is Hersheypark Pass Night, Hall of Fame Night and a 20th Anniversary 96-97 Championship Team Silent Jersey Auction as the Bears host Springfield at 5 p.m. Ticket information is available at HersheyBears.com.
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