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Roik returns to Stealth

02/26/2013, 9:00pm EST
By NLL.com

Washington signs goalie for second stint after his release from Colorado

The Washington Stealth have brought back goaltender Matt Roik after his recent release from Colorado. (Photo: Bartley Young)

The Washington Stealth have signed NLL veteran goaltender Matt Roik to a one-year agreement pending league approval, marking his return to the Stealth after he spent two previous seasons with the team.

In his 12th NLL season, the 34-year-old Dunnville, Ontario native is a two-time NLL All-Star and has a career 12.32 goals against average.

“We’re always trying to better our position as we make a drive to the playoffs,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall, who platooned Roik with Tyler Richards during the 2010 and 2011 seasons when Washington made back-to-back appearances in the NLL Championship Game.

In seven games with the Colorado Mammoth this season, Roik compiled a 2-2 record but was released by the team last week. Since breaking into the league in 2002, he has an overall record of 47-51.

“When Colorado released Matt it piqued our interest,” said Hall who plans to play Roik in a backup roll to the club’s number-one goaltender Richards. “We won a championship with the 'T-Rich'/Roik combination. We needed to jump on this opportunity. It made good sense to get him back here. From a comfort factor, he’s ready to jump in and play if we need him.”

To make room for Roik, Washington has released goalie Nick Patterson, who posted a combined 16.81 GAA and .701 save percentage in three appearances in 2013.

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