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Hutchinson gets called up to Jets to backup Hellebuyck

CHICAGO – Michael Hutchinson will wear a Winnipeg Jets jersey once again.

The 27-year-old goalie was called up on an emergency basis and is backing up Connor Hellebuyck here Friday night against the Blackhawks.

Veteran goalie Steve Mason was "not feeling well," a club spokesman said, prompting the recall.

In another move, injured centre Adam Lowry (lower body) was placed on the injured reserve list retroactive to Jan. 5. He'll be sidelined until after Winnipeg's league-mandated five-day break, which begins immediately following the conclusion of Saturday's game in St. Paul against the Minnesota Wild.

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BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES</p><p>Goalie Michael Hutchinson has been called up from the Manitoba Moosed to backup Winnipeg Jets starting goaltender Connor Hellebuyck tonight when they face the Chicago Blackhawks.</p>

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Goalie Michael Hutchinson has been called up from the Manitoba Moosed to backup Winnipeg Jets starting goaltender Connor Hellebuyck tonight when they face the Chicago Blackhawks.

CHICAGO – Michael Hutchinson will wear a Winnipeg Jets jersey once again.

The 27-year-old goalie was called up on an emergency basis and is backing up Connor Hellebuyck here Friday night against the Blackhawks.

Veteran goalie Steve Mason was "not feeling well," a club spokesman said, prompting the recall.

In another move, injured centre Adam Lowry (lower body) was placed on the injured reserve list retroactive to Jan. 5. He'll be sidelined until after Winnipeg's league-mandated five-day break, which begins immediately following the conclusion of Saturday's game in St. Paul against the Minnesota Wild.

The Jets (26-11-7) haven't lost in regulation in their last seven contests (6-0-1) and hold down top spot in the NHL's Central Division.

Hutchinson has been superb with the Manitoba Moose this season, posting a 14-2-4 record with the Moose to lead the AHL with a .942 save percentage. His 1.94 goals-against average ranks third in the league.

He was named AHL goaltender of the month for both November and December as he helped the Moose to a 16-game point streak (15-0-1) from Nov. 15 to Dec. 22.

Hutchinson has played 99 games for Winnipeg during the last four seasons and he has a 41-38-11 record with three shutouts, a 2.63 GAA, and a .910 SV%.

The Moose recalled Jamie Phillips from the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL to replace Hutchinson.

Manitoba faces the Iowa Wild on Saturday and Sunday in a pair of afternoon games at Bell MTS Place.

jason.bell@freepress.mb.ca

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