Ice Breakers Complete a Pair of Trades at Deadline
The Mentor Ice Breakers have announced two more trades ahead of today's FPHL trade deadline. The club has acquired forward Jakub Volf from the Battle Creek Rumble Bees in exchange for defenseman Dzmitry Daniliuk. In a separate deal with the Carolina Thunderbirds, the Ice Breakers swapped the rights to goaltender Austyn Roudebush for forward Gleb Krivoshapkin and netminder Jake Mullen.
“I think after seeing some positives with a core group, especially with a short lineup on Sunday, we were able to bolster our lineup with a few key additions,” said Ice Breakers Interim Head Coach Sebastian Ragno. “We definitely solidified our net situation with Jake coming and the play of Nus this weekend.
“Talipov, along with some guys who were new this weekend, will add the consistency we need on the defensive side. We added some firepower up front as well with the couple of guys coming in. Most importantly, all of these guys want to be in Mentor. We are a new team, and we are ready to make a run.”
Volf is in the midst of his first professional season in North America after working his way through the junior and professional ranks in his native Czech Republic. The 23-year-old played in 20 games with IHC Kralove Pisek (Czech3) earlier this season before signing with the Rumble Bees, where he logged five goals and three assists for eight points in 20 games.
Krivoshapkin is only 19 years old but is a promising young forward. The 5-foot-11, 181-pounder played professionally in his native Ukraine from 2017-2019 before joining the Ogden Mustangs (WSHL) this past season, where he put up 53 points (27-26-53) over 32 games and was a teammate of another new Ice Breaker, Ramil Talipov. Krivoshapkin, who has previously played for the Ukranian national team, has eight points (3-5-8) in six games with the Thunderbirds. He has recorded at least one point in every FPHL appearance to this point.
Mullen will help solidify a Mentor goaltending corps that will benefit from some stability. The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho product began the year with Battle Creek, where he made headlines with multiple outstanding performances, including a 56-save effort and an incredible 79-save showing. Since joining the Thunderbirds, Mullen has a 9-2-2 record to along with a 2.51 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. Mullen played professionally in Sweden last year with Boro/Vetlanda.
Following a flurry of deals, the new-look Ice Breakers will spend the week preparing for a two-game set against the Elmira Enforcers on Thursday and Friday before battling the Delaware Thunder at home on Sunday in a matinee matchup. Ticket's for Sunday's contest are available here or by calling (440) 290-8502.