Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen played two games with Rochester. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Amerks send Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to ECHL

The Rochester Americans sent top Buffalo Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen back to the ECHL today.

Luukkonen, 20, joined the Amerks on Jan. 12 and started two of their three games over the weekend, his first AHL appearances this season.

Amerks general manager Randy Sexton had said Luukkonen’s recall from the Cincinnati Cyclones would likely last a week.

Luukkonen started Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Cleveland Monsters and Sunday afternoon’s 4-1 defeat to the Hershey Bears.

Overall, the Finnish rookie compiled a 0-1-1 record with a 3.38 goals-against average and an .887 save percentage with the Amerks.

The Amerks have lost seven straight games (0-5-2) and nine of the last 10 (1-7-2).

Luukkonen has been stellar for the Cyclones, compiling a 12-5-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average, a .917 save percentage and three shutouts in 20 games. He is scheduled to play in Wednesday’s ECHL All-Star Game.

The Sabres sent Luukkonen to the ECHL in November after he recovered from hip surgery.

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