The Springfield Falcons, American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced on Thursday, July 3 they have signed three players to AHL contracts, including Jaime Sifers, Mathieu Coderre-Gagnon and former UMass Lowell River Hawk Riley Wetmore.
Wetmore first signed professionally follow the 2012-13 Hockey East season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, scoring his first professional goal in this first three games with the team. The Swanson, Vermont native re-signed with the Sound Tigers before the 2013-14 season and spent the year between the AHL and Stockton Thunder of the ECHL.
In 38 games with the Sound Tigers, Wetmore notched 11 points (3g, 8a) with 16 penalty minutes and a minus-two rating. In his 15 games with the Thunder, the former River Hawk tallied five points (2g, 3a) with 17 penalty minutes and a minus-two rating.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Wetmore spent four years with the River Hawks from 2009-2013 while serving as the team’s assistant captain (2010-11) and captain (2011-12 and 2012-13). In 152 games with the River Hawks, the forward tallied 111 points (50g, 61a) with 124 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating. His best season came in 2011-12, scoring 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points in 38 games.
Riley spent four years from 2005-2009 with the Green Mountain Glades of the Eastern Junior Hockey League before attending UMass Lowell. In 139 games he scored 165 points (63g, 102a).