Joni Ortio Pulled After Four First Period AHL Goals

Yesterday the Calgary Flames assigned Joni Ortio to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.

After posting a 4.27 goals against average and .868 save percentage in four games (and 141 minutes) of NHL action, the hope was Ortio would round into form by actually playing some hockey.

In his return to the American Hockey League, he couldn’t even make it out of the first period against the Bakersfield Condors. He allowed four goals – three even-strength and one on the power-play – on 12 shots in 13:07 of action before getting pulled in favour of back-up Kent Simpson.

It’s definitely way too early to say that Ortio’s done as a prospect, but considering that he was brought down from the NHL in part to help stabilize goaltending for a Stockton team that’s missing both Jon Gillies and newly-acquired Kevin Poulin due to injuries, it’s definitely not a good start.

For the stats heads: he’s posted an 18.30 goals against average and a .667 save percentage in his AHL return. It’s a rare instance of a goalie’s numbers absolutely cratering when he’s sent to a lower level of hockey. Granted, it’s a very small sample size, but there’s no questioning that Ortio’s confidence is probably at an all-time low right now.

Hopefully Ryan Huska goes back with Ortio in tomorrow night’s return match against Bakersfield.

  • RKD

    I can tell you this guy isn’t Leland Irving 2.0 or Brent Krahn. He’s probably had a bit of a whirlwind of a time backing up Ramo then going down to start. Give him some more time and games to get his head into things. He was probably rust and his timing was probably out of sync.

  • Skuehler

    Holy moly the game wasn’t even over yet when this was posted, give the guy a chance. I know he was pulled but he hasn’t played in forever. Some of the goalie related crap on here lately has been way over the top.

  • Greg

    He’s played as much in the last 2 months as he played during the entire offseason. A little rust should t be surprising. He’ll be fine. Just needs some time to get his groove back. And hopefully the org gives him that and does t do anything stupid.

  • everton fc

    Mismanaged or not, I just read in the other thread that Ortio refused to report for a conditioning stint. If true, this kid seems to have some issues w/professional obedience. And that might very well be why he didn’t see playing time up here – ATTITUDE.

    Perhaps his practice habits are similar? Anyone know?? You have to do your time like a man, like Ferland did early on. Baertschi did the same thing here; he’s certainly not tearing it up in Vancouver. Do your time. Ortio did a lot of time the right way; to put a target on his back by not reporting, not listening to management… When does that ever work out well for the player, or the organization??

  • Burnward

    Meanwhile Laurent Broissoit is absolutely dominating and one of the best AHL goalies right now and also last year.

    Looks like we maybe gave up on the wrong goalie prospect.

    Thank Christ we have Gillies and McDonald in the pipeline or that trade would be hard to swallow right now

    • aye

      Brossoit gave up 5 goals last night and almost blew a 4-0 lead and barely won by 6-5. Tonight he gave up 3 goals to Ortio’s 2. So no need to get all caught up in these stats, the fact he couldn’t crack the Oiler’s line up despite their poor goaltending depth isn’t saying much either.

  • Burnward

    Meanwhile Laurent Broissoit is absolutely dominating and one of the best AHL goalies right now and also last year.

    Looks like we maybe gave up on the wrong goalie prospect.

    Thank Christ we have Gillies and McDonald in the pipeline or that trade would be hard to swallow right now

  • The Last Big Bear

    This isn’t the first time Ortio has imploded in dramatic and tragic fashion in the AHL.

    His first AHL season ended rather abruptly after a 6 goals-against debut. His 2nd AHL got off to a decidedly poor start as well, and he was sent back to Finland with a sub-.900 sv%.