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  • File photo Pat Nagle, who was outstanding in net for the Komets for three seasons, has signed a contract with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. But he could end up playing for the Toledo Walleye, Fort Wayne's rival in the ECHL. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:20 pm

Nagle likely headed to Walleye

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Pat Nagle, who manned the Komets’ net the last three seasons, will probably be between the pipes for the rival Toledo Walleye in the coming season.

Nagle signed a one-year contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the higher-level American Hockey League today, but if he doesn’t make their roster he will likely head to Toledo, the team that ousted the Komets from the 2015 and 2017 playoffs.

Last season, Nagle was 15-3-2 with a 2.23 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and two shutouts in 25 games, his season shortened because of a high ankle sprain. In the postseason, he was 5-2 with a 2.58 GAA and a .906 SP.

The Komets moved on from Nagle, 29, this month by not extending him a qualifying offer and then re-signing Garrett Bartus. They also signed rookie Alex Sakellaropoulos, who last season played for Union College and was 22-6-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in 30 games.

Nagle has played for the Griffins before, appearing in two games in 2014-15, and he’s also played AHL games for Syracuse, Rochester and Utica. But he played entirely in the ECHL the last two seasons.

The Griffins and Walleye are both minor-league teams of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and Nagle could be the opposing goalie in Fort Wayne’s season opener, Oct. 14 at Memorial Coliseum against the Walleye.

The Red Wings are projected to go into the season with goalies Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek, while Grand Rapids will likely have Jared Coreau and Tom McCollum. That would leave Toledo with Nagle and Matej Machovsky, who played last season in the Czech Republic.

Nagle tweeted: “Thank you @FWKomets for the past 3 yrs, met some amazing people within the city, management, staff, teammates and most importantly the fans.”

Last season, Bartus was 21-7-0 with a 2.68 GAA, a .905 SP and four shutouts, but he played in only one postseason game. Nagle was in net for four of the five games against Toledo in the second round of the playoffs.

Toledo’s top goalie last season, Jake Paterson, has signed with Milwaukee of the AHL.

jcohn@jg.net