Bulldogs sign a Darling of a deal

Goaltender Scott Darling has signed a Professional Try-Out Contract with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 23-year-old Darling (he turns 24 on Dec. 22) has played two games this season for the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League, posting a 0-2 record with a 5.40 goals against average and a .803 save percentage.

The native of Lemont, Illinois, played 35 games for the Mississippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey League during the 2011-12 regular-season recording a 15-17-1 record with a 2.92 goals against average, a .905 save percentage and one shutout. The same season he played in one game with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, allowing five goals during his 58-minutes of play.

In 2010-11 he suited up for 30 games with the SPHL’s Louisiana IceGators and had a 6-22 record with a 3.83 GAA and .892 SP. The 6’5”, 212-pound goaltender spent two seasons from 2008-2010 playing for the University of Maine in the Hockey East Division where he compiled a record of 25-20-6 with a 2.92 goals against average, a .895 save percentage and three shutouts. He had disciplinary problems at Maine and was suspended three times.

In 2006-07, Darling had a .924 save percentage for the Capital District Selects, which was ranked first overall in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

He was originally selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth round, 153rd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.