Fields, Schell sent back to Gladiators

Gwinnett Gladiators goalie Sean Fields and forward Brad Schell were reassigned to the team from the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Fields played in one game with the Providence Bruins, making a relief appearance in a 6-3 Providence loss to Hartford. He made 19 saves in 38 minutes and 33 seconds of action last Saturday night.

The 24-year-old goalie was called-up to the AHL for the first time last Thursday.

But in an interesting twist, that was the same day the Chicago Blackhawks decided to make former Gladiators goalie Adam Munro their backup for Nikolai Khabibulin and placed Craig Anderson on waivers.

Anderson, 24, was promptly scooped up by Boston (Providence's NHL affiliate) and created an overload of goaltending in the Bruins' organization.

Fields, among the ECHL leaders in wins, and Schell will be back for Gwinnett's game Saturday in Columbia.

Schell was called up to Chicago on Jan. 7 where he posted a goal and two assists in five games with the Wolves. It was also Schell's first call-up. The 21-year-old Thrashers contracted center played all 72 games for the Gladiators as a rookie last season.

Schell currently ranks seventh on the Gwinnett in scoring with 29 points in 28 games with the Gladiators.

- Christine Troyke