Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 | 3:36 p.m.
Las Vegas Wranglers' goalie John DeCaro is finally getting some respect.
DeCaro, who boasts the ECHL's second best goals against average (1.94) and third highest save percentage (.933), is heading up to the American Hockey League.
The Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate Portland Pirates signed the Marysville, Wash. native Wednesday after DeCaro amassed a 10-4 record in 17 appearances with the Wranglers this season.
DeCaro is in his third full season of professional hockey after dominating the CHL with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. The 26-year-old goalie earned CHL Goalie of the Year honors in 2008 thanks to a 23-7-4 record with a 1.63 goals against average and a .941 save percentage.
The DeCaro-less Wranglers (16-16-3) kick-off a seven-game home stand Friday night when they host the Victoria Salmon Kings (26-10-4) at 7:30 p.m. at the Orleans Arena.