The Baltimore Skipjacks, who begin a two-game trip tonight in Troy, N.Y., against the Capital District Islanders, have sent defenseman Rob Mendel and goaltender Olaf Kolzig to the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League.
Mendel, who had five assists in 24 games with the Skipjacks, will join the Admirals for three weekend games, then return to Baltimore, said Skipjacks coach Rob Laird. Mendel was sent to Hampton Roads because the Admirals' back line is thin after several injuries.
Kolzig, the Washington Capitals' No. 1 draft choice in 1989, will be putting in his second stint with the Admirals. In October, Kolzig played in three games, with an 0-2-1 record, 4.58 goals-against average and .853 save percentage. He rejoined the Skipjacks on Nov. 2 when Jim Hrivnak was called up by the Capitals.
Hrivnak, who had been out with a knee injury since Nov. 24, has returned and will be Baltimore's No. 1 goaltender. He will be backed by Shawn Simpson.
"Hrivnak will be our top goalie, and Capitals management didn't want Kolzig sitting around," Laird said. "We want both to play every day, and the only way for this is to have Olaf play in Hampton."
Kolzig was 9-9-1 with the Skipjacks, with a 3.08 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.
Laird indicated that more Skipjacks may be heading for Hampton Roads, but said no decision will be made until after Baltimore's weekend games tonight and tomorrow in Portland, Maine, against the Maine Mariners. The Skipjacks' next home game will be Tuesday against the Springfield Indians.
Center Harry Mews, under contract to the Capitals, is with
Hampton Roads and has 11 goals and 18 assists in 24 games. Former Skipjacks defenseman David Buckley (five goals, 11 assists) and left wing Dennis McEwen (10 goals, 13 assists) also are with the Admirals.