The Rochester Americans announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Michael Houser on a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2020-21 season.
Houser, 27, appeared in 26 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) last season, posting a 16-5-5 record with two shutouts. He ranked fifth among qualifying ECHL netminders with a 2.27 goals-against average and tied for 14thin wins (16).
Houser’s best year came in 2018-19 when he boasted a 29-7-5 record in 41 appearances while backstopping Cincinnati to an ECHL-best 51-13-5-3 mark during the regular season. He finished the year ranked second in the ECHL with a 2.13 goals-against average and fourth with a .922 save percentage, while his 29 wins tied for most in the league. Following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, Houser was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Year and was selected to the ECHL First All-Star Team.
The Sabres now have five goaltenders: Carter Hutton, Linus Ullmark, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Jonas Johansson and Houser.
With UPL and Johansson expected to split duties in Rochester, another goalie will be needed for Cincinnati. https://t.co/CGkSYcGlE7
— Lance Lysowski (@LLysowski) September 11, 2020