The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 21, 2006

Chiefs try to shore up depleted unit


Disher will join rookie Gabe Winer, who helped the Chiefs get two wins and an overtime loss last week while on spring break from college. The team was left shorthanded last week after Morgan Cey was called up to the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. Backup Mike Betz is still recovering from an injury.

Winer helped the Chiefs manage a point in a 6-5 overtime loss at Reading on Friday in his first game as a professional. They then got a shutout from the rookie netminder in a 2-0 win over visiting Toledo and beat Wheeling 6-2 on Sunday. Winer made 102 saves in the three games, and picked up his first two professional wins.

“My hat’s off to Gabe Winer for the job he did here,” O’Brien said. “Thinking he was going on spring break and coming here and getting five out of six points. ... I must say in 11 years I have never found myself a day before three (games) in three (days) with no goaltenders. My hat’s off to the team, Gabe and the coaching staff. I try and find the guys, but they have to do all the work.”

Now O’Brien will have a netminder in Disher, who he has worked with in the past.

“He was a kid that I worked with at a couple of development camps in Toronto a few years back,” O’Brien said. “They had him in one of our goalie programs before he went on to Erie. So those ties helped land him here for now.”

The Chiefs host Wheeling for a 7:30 game on Wednesday night and travel to Reading for a 7 p.m. game Friday to kick off a seven-game road swing.

Ethan Blough can be reached at 532-5080 or

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