Falcons Sign Dartmouth Captain Mike Ouellette, UMass Goalie Gabe Winer to ATOs

The Springfield Falcons announced today that they have signed two ex-collegiate players to Amateur Tryout Agreements (ATO). First, in response to the club sending Jonathan Boutin to ECHL Johnstown for the Chiefs' playoff run, the Falcons signed former Chief and University of Massachusetts-Amherst goaltender Gabe Winer to an ATO. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Stoughton, Massachusetts native posted a 2.48 goals against average and a .920 save percetange in 23 games this year with UMass, finishing with a 9-11-1 record. Since finishing the season with UMass, Winer has played in seven games with the Chiefs, earning a 3.66 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. He went 2-2-1 with Johnstown. Mike Ouellette, listed as a forward with Darmouth College, recently finished his collegiate career. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Kamloops, British Columbia native collected 13 goals and 24 assists for 27 points in 33 games this year with Dartmouth. He served as the captain of the team. In Ouellette’s four seasons with Dartmouth, he finished his collegiate career with 58 goals and 80 assists for 138 points in 136 career games. Ouellette was voted co-MVP by his teammates after his junior season. He was named ECACHL Player of the Week and USCHO.com/ITECH Inside College Hockey.com Player of the Week on January 17, 2005. He was chosen for the Second Team All-Ivy and Academic All-ECACHL Team during his junior year. Ouellette was given the team’s Smoyer Award (Unsung Hero) after his sophomore season. He finished his freshman season as ECAC Rookie of the Week. The Falcons currently have three additional players on ATO, including ex-Michigan State defenseman Jarod Nightingale and 2002 Lightning sixth round pick P.J. Atherton, also a defenseman. In seven games with the Falcons, Nightingale has one goal, 16 penalty minutes, and a minus-one rating. Atherton, in six games, has scored one goal and added three assists for four points. He has no penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. Atherton, Jay Rosehill, and Mike Egener are all regarded as stay-at-home defensemen, yet Atherton in six games has already outscored Egener (38 games, 2+1) and Rosehill (45 games, 1+2) with Springfield. In 2001-02, Atherton did have seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points in 54 games with USHL Cedar Rapids before attending the University of Minnesota. Also still on an ATO is ex-R.P.I. forward Kevin Croxton. In seven games Croxton has a goal and an assist for two points, as well as a minus-one rating.