Hurricanes Sign Merrimack’s Tirronen
The Espoo, Finland native went 12-14-3 with a 2.40 GAA and .929 save percentage during his senior season, tying a school record with 63 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against Northeastern in March.
Despite making 90 saves through two games, Merrimack was eliminated by No. 3 seed Boston University last weekend, and the 24-year old must now turn his attention to the next stage of his career.
Speaking of the signing, Canes General Manager Ron Francis said “Rasmus had an outstanding senior season for Merrimack. He’s a big presence in the net and we look forward to following his development next season.”
Standing 6’3″, Tirronen went 22-34-8 with a 2.45 GAA and .918 save percentage in 68 career collegiate games for Merrimack. He also went 24-9-0, with a 2.41 GAA and .908 save percentage, during his lone season with Topeka of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) prior to enrolling at Merrimack.
Carolina currently sits 13th in the Eastern Conference (26th overall), despite an improved effort from Cam Ward this season.
2006 Conn Smythe winner Ward had struggled with injuries and form, but has made progress under new Goaltending Coach David Marcoux to post a .910 save percentage and 2.44 GAA this season.
Both he and partner Anton Khudobin, who has regressed somewhat during this campaign, have one more year left on their present deals.