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Fields gets called up to AHL

Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Sean Fields received his first callup to the American Hockey League late Wednesday night.

The second-year professional out of Boston University was signed by Providence and left for Rhode Island on Thursday morning.

"I was talking to Providence and they asked if I had any goalies," Pyle said. "We got (Tuomas) Tarkki back so it was only fair Fields go up and get a sniff.

"He deserves it. He's a good kid and I was happy for him."

Fields' 17 wins this season rank second in the ECHL and his 2.89 goals-against average is among the league's top 15.

The 24-year-old was named the ECHL goalie of the week for posting a 3-0-0 mark from Dec. 26-31 and has backstopped the Gladiators to second place in the division.

Fields was 21-7-2 for Gwinnett as a rookie last year and leaves the team for the AHL with a 17-6-3 mark this season.

The Gladiators play tonight in Greenville and Saturday in Pensacola with Tarkki in net. Tarkki started the season in Gwinnett before being signed by Chicago of the AHL. The 25-year-old rookie out of Northern Michigan University was reassigned to the Gladiators on Tuesday after going 6-3-3 in 15 games with Chicago.