Saturday night was a big night for professional debuts.
Four Canisius players who signed deals this week appeared in their first pro games in the ECHL.
Cody Freeman scored his first pro goal on his first shot as the forward helped the Evansville Ice Men defeat Toledo, 3-2. Freeman picked up a rebound and fired it to the back of the net -- a familiar sight for Golden Griffins' fans.
Freeman was joined by Chris Rumble with the Icemen and the defenseman recorded three shots with one penalty in his debut. (That sounds about right for Chris Rumble). While Rumble had one more year of collegiate eligibility remaining, he is scheduled to complete his undergraduate degree in May. He turns 25 next month.
Freeman and Rumble will face off against former teammate Keegan Asmundson as the Icemen play the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday. Asmundson made his pro debut Saturday playing against former teammate Doug Jessey's Indy Fuel team. (Do you need a scorecard yet?)
Asmundson made 20 saves in a 3-2 loss as the Stingrays saw their historic 23-game winning streak come to an end.
Jessey, who was the first Griff from this class to sign a pro deal earlier this week, made his debut for the Fuel on the blue line.
Of the three teams, only Asumundson's South Carolina team has clinched an ECHL playoff spot. Evansville and Indy have a few games left in their season.
Their teammates back in Buffalo were following along the action online, including junior Ralph Cuddemi who tweeted this screeenshot:
— Ralph Cuddemi (@rcuddemi) March 29, 2015