Iles Released From AHL PTO; Kea and Martin Head to Rochester
The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, proudly celebrating our 10th season in the ECHL, announced today forward Justin Kea and defenseman Brycen Martin have been reassigned to the Amerks. Additionally, goalie Andy Iles has been released from his PTO by the Albany Devils and has rejoined the Jackals.
Kea, 23, is playing some of the best hockey of the season over the last few weeks and he is currently on a career-high five-game scoring streak, netting six points (3g, 3a) since Mar. 1. The third-year pro has a career-high 16 points (9g, 7a) and 73 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Jackals this season. He has also skated in 11 games with the Amerks, adding four points (2g, 2a).
Martin, 20, is also playing solid hockey for the Jackals in recent weeks, playing to a +2 rating since Feb. 23, a span of 10 games. He also has four points (1g, 3a) during that stretch, giving him seven points (2g, 5a) in 34 games during his rookie campaign. A third round pick of the Sabres in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Martin has appeared in six games for the Amerks this season.
Iles, 25, earned his first AHL call up when he signed a PTO with the Albany Devils last week. Prior to his call up, Iles has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season and has appeared in 35 games for the Jackals, holding an 8-20-4-1 record with a 3.36 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage. In his last five appearances, he is 3-1-1-0 and has allowed just 10 goals on 163 shots, giving him a .939 save percentage in that span. He did not appear in a game for the Devils.
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