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Vrbetic backstops Battalion to shutout victory, snapping losing skid

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.

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(OHL North Bay Battalion graphic)

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).

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Vrbetic carries the goaltending load for OHL North Bay Battalion

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.

Joe Vrbetic
Joe Vrbetic, a goaltender for the OHL North Bay Battalion, hails from Dunvegan. (OHL / Battalion photo)

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).

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Jr. B Glens look to snap two-game losing streak tonight on home ice

The Alexandria Glens are back on home ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace tonight, November 22, hosting the Ottawa West Golden Knights at 8 p.m. and looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

The boys last won on November 15 in Winchester, when the Glens beat the Hawks 8-6, led by a five-point effort from Nico Pozzebon (4 goals, 1 assist). Austin Gàspàr also had five points (1 G, 4 A), while Jacob Lefebvre contributed four (1 G, 3 A). Other marksmen were Alexim Veilleux and Zachary Bigras, with additional assists chalked up by Hunter MacPherson and Daniel Scott. Danik Martin backstopped the victory, making 47 saves.

The next night in Carleton Place, the boys lost 5-2. Kyle Joly and Graham Robertson scored in the third period, after the Canadians had taken a four-goal lead through 40 minutes of play. Robertson and Pozzebon earned the assists. Martin took the loss in net, facing 22 shots through two periods. He was replaced in the third frame by affiliate Joshua Ivansky, who turned aside all eight pucks he faced. The fifth goal allowed was an empty-netter.

On Thursday night in Casselman, the Viking doubled off the Glens 8-4. The game saw former Alexandria defenceman Adam Paquette and Austin Ladouceur suiting up for the hosts. Though neither registered a point, they both saw time in the sin bin. Glens goals were netted by Elijah Boisvert, Brendon Watson, Lefebvre, and Veilleux. Assisting were Pozzebon (2), Sébastien Ouimet, Watson, Lochlan MacDonald, and Veilleux. Goaltender Henri Creighton took the loss, facing 36 shots on goal.

Alexandria enters play tonight with a record of 3 wins, 13 regulation losses, and 2 overtime losses for last place in the Martin Division. Only the Athens Aeros (still with 0 points) have a worse record in the CCHL2.

Creighton is a new addition to the group of goaltenders signed with the Glens. The 18-year-old hails from Lachine, Quebec, and was most recently part of the West Island Shamrocks, which play in the QJAAAHL.

Nicolas Rousseau, the 20-year-old veteran, has played in 11 games for Alexandria this season, while Martin, 17, has manned the pipes 8 times. Though they haven’t seen game action, the team has also called upon other affiliates, Maxime Brunet and Jordan Stairs, to serve as backups on occasion.

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NGS Braves novice players all try goaltending

Youngsters at the novice level of the NGS Braves minor hockey program each get a chance to don the pads and play the position of goaltender this season.

The effort to encourage the development of future net nannies relies on the generosity of Braves hockey families, who are donating gently used goaltending equipment to outfit the novice netminders.

NGS Braves goaltenders (submitted photos)
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