The 17-year-old saw action in 42 regular-season games last season, posting a 4.23 goals-against average and a 0.881 save percentage on a Battalion team that ended the 2019-20 campaign in last place of the Eastern Conference (17-41-4-0).
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Joe Vrbetic, rookie Ontario Hockey League (OHL) goaltender for the North Bay Battalion, made 41 saves in February 15 action against the Barrie Colts, securing his first-ever shutout in the league, as his team skated to a 4-0 victory and an end to their eight-game slide.
The 17-year-old, who hails from Dunvegan, is currently riding a personal three-game win streak, having followed up by backstopped victories over Mississauga and Ottawa, on February 16 and 20, respectively.
His effort in the shutout win was recognized by the league, with the 6 ft. 6 in, 180 lb. netminder selected to appear in the OHL’s saves of the week. Check out the video highlight package here.
On the season, Vrbetic has a 4.31 goals-against average and a 0.88 save percentage on a team that languishes in the basement of the Eastern Conference (14-38-3-0).
Dunvegan’s Joe Vrbetic cracked the lineup of the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Battalion back in August and hasn’t looked back, called upon as the team’s primary goaltender this season, having played 30 of 42 games to date.
The 17-year-old backstop checks in at 6 ft. 6 in., 180 lb, and has a 4.55 goals-against average and 0.874 save percentage, on a team that sits fifth in the Central Division with 10 wins.
He last played on January 18, allowing one goal against, as North Bay skated to a 3-1 victory over the Niagara Ice Dogs. Named the game’s second star, Vrbetic made 28 saves to backstop the win.
The Glengarrian was drafted by the Battalion in 2018, selected in the second round 31st overall. The rookie is backed up by Cameron Lamour who is two years his senior.
Amongst active goaltenders in the OHL this season, Vrbetic ranks 41st in goals-against average and 36th in save percentage. He’s seventh in games played, the only rookie in the top 10. He’s also seventh in minutes (1686) and fifth in shots faced (1015).
In a rare Sunday afternoon junior ‘B’ hockey game today in Williamstown, the Char-Lan Rebels, backstopped by goaltender Devon Popp, sunk the Whitewater Kings 7-3.
It was quite the game for Liam MacDonald, who wears jersey number 18, as the forward from Dunvegan scored a goal, chalked up two assists, and engaged in a third-period fight for good measure. In all, the 19-year-old veteran hit the showers with 17 penalty minutes.
It was also a three-point match for Paul Waulhause, who had three apples. Other Char-Lan goal scorers were Ben Pineault, Graham Robertson, Wade Moak, Kale MacCormick, Evan Huntley, and Joseph Samson. Additional assists went to Dillon Spinner, Owen Carter, Pineault, Moak, and Samson. Popp made 14 saves for the win in net.
The victory came less than 24 hours after dropping a road game 4-2 to the Carleton Place Jr. Canadians. Taran Fiacco and Tim Cook scored for the Rebels, with assists from Campbell Craig, MacCormick, and Samson. Dawson Irving took the loss in goal, facing 43 shots.
Char-Lan sits at the 0.500 mark through two weeks of play, with a 2-2 record.
For the second straight year, the senior women’s soccer team from Dunvegan is the champion of the Glengarry Soccer League. The Blue Shirts completed the campaign on Thursday night, running the table unbeaten.
The final series, a two-game sweep, was capped off with a 1-0 win over Laggan, the lone goal scored by Ava Gandia in the 35th minute.
In addition to the playoff championship trophy, Dunvegan won first place during the regular season as well as best defensive team honours. The squad also saw individual members win as top scorer and best forward, and tie for best goalkeeper. (See this post for details on awards.)
Last night in Dunvegan, the home side senior women’s soccer team got a goal from Alexia Chaumont to pace the Blue Shirts to a 1-0 victory over Laggan. The win gave Dunvegan the series lead, in the best-of-three Glengarry Soccer League finals.
The second match is scheduled for Thursday evening, on the pitch at Lochiel, starting at 8:30 p.m.
The Glengarry Soccer League’s senior women’s championship will be contested by Dunvegan and Laggan, the top two teams from the regular season.
It will be a stiff test for Laggan, as Dunvegan completed the summer with a perfect record of 12 wins in 12 outings.
Game one of the best-of-three finals is set for Tuesday, August 20, on the pitch at Dunvegan, with the second match slated for Thursday night on the Lochiel field. Should a third game be needed, it will go August 27 in Dunvegan. All are 8:30 p.m. starts.
As the proverbial phrase goes, it’s do-or-die tonight, when the Alexandria and Glen Sandfield senior men’s soccer teams will collide to decide which side moves on to the Glengarry Soccer League championship series, to face Alexandria FC.
On Wednesday night, the squads battled at Island Park, where Alexandria prevailed 3-0, on the strength of goals from Cameron Poirier, Liam MacDonald, and and an unidentified player. The win knotted the best-of-three series at a game apiece, as Glen Sandfield prevailed in the opener, 1-0 in overtime.
The third and deciding match is booked for the Lochiel pitch tonight, August 16, starting at 8:30 p.m.
The other semifinal series ended on Wednesday evening, when Alexandria FC finished off Dunvegan, 3-2, completing the two-game sweep.
The finals, also a best-of-three, are booked to kick off August 23.