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Gladiators goalie called up

Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Tuomas Tarkki was called up to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon.

The Finnish rookie out of Northern Michigan University left Wednesday for Chicago. The move was necessitated when Adam Berkhoel, who played for the Gladiators last season, was brought up to the Atlanta Thrashers from Chicago.

Berkhoel, who registered 32 saves to post his first NHL victory against New Jersey at Philips Arena on Oct. 22, is 1-2-0 with a 3.96 goals-against average in four games with the Thrashers this season.

In two starts with Gwinnett, Tarkki was 0-1-1 with a .921 save percentage. He posted a shutout in his first professional start on opening night, making 34 saves for the Gladiators in a 1-0 shootout loss against the Charlotte Checkers.

Tarkki was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award last season while at Northern Michigan and was also named the 2005 CCHA Player of the Year and won the CCHA's Best Goaltender Award.

The Gladiators also announced the addition of emergency backup Curtis Ryser to the roster Wednesday.

- From staff reports