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Kelowna Rockets’ Michael Herringer Is Last Action Hero

Rarely do we talk about a goaltending controversy with the Kelowna Rockets. As one goalie moves on, the heir apparent steps in. There has never been a shortage of talent at that position and for the next few seasons that trend should not change. Michael Herringer has won the “backup” spot behind Jackson Whistle but the way Herringer plays the backup spot may turn into a 1A scenario.

When Herringer broke into the league last year he did so with flair, or to be honest, a lack therof. With three goalies occupying the net it came down to circumstance before Herringer was given a starting opportunity. Jackson Whistle went down in November 2014 and that was all Michael needed to get his name out there.

(note: Herringer played 2 games for the Victoria Royals before being traded to Kelowna)

His stone cold demeanor when he’s manning the nets is something to behold. It’s one thing to be a calm and cool goalie but when you play the angles so well that saves are just a formality, you’re special. Michael Herringer reminds me of the hero that walks away from an explosion in slo-mo like it’s no big deal.

That’s essentially what you get when he’s in net.

He posted a 3-0  shutout in his first start against Vancouver and yet another win in his next outing. Herringer would finish with an 11-2 record, 2 shutouts and a SA% of .913. Pretty impressive for the 18 year old at the time.

When things got dicey down the stretch and even in the playoffs last year, body placement, a bit of luck and a worry free attitude kept Herringer focused and ready. Its a shame we never see any of our goalies make it big in the NHL.
I believe if there are any hiccups with Jackson Whistle this year, new coach Brad Ralph will not hesitate to try his hand with the confident tendy.

It’s a new season in Kelowna and after coming up one goal short in the Memorial Cup Final, the Rockets will be out to avenge their loss. One thing’s for sure: Goaltending will not be an issue, yet again as Herringer and Whistle aim to show you why night in and night out.

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No Tacos For Eddie Lack Proves Costly For Canucks

I’m not gonna lie, the whole tacos thing once a week is a great tradition. Usually in my house it’s taco tuesdays; Ground beef, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, other stuff, 5 different hot sauces, you get the idea. I can totally relate to Eddie Lack on this and I try to make sure tacos have all the time they need to be enjoyed. It’s when they prove costly that tacos are questioned.

Eddie revealed his secret to his taco fetish in an article with The Province earlier this season: if it’s a Friday and he isn’t starting….it’s taco time. Getting the start against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday sounded like it was originally taco night, a rare Wednesday feast but his work between the pipes took priority. Lack played a pretty solid game stopping a breakaway and making some timely saves. The lone goal that beat him ended up being the game winner.

The Swedish/Mexican phenom has been a lot more consistent as of late compared to the man brought in to help take the Canucks back to relevancy. Lack has handled his return to backup goaltending quite well and he is helping his team mates when he needs to.

Tough to say where coach Willie sees his goaltending situation going in the near future but it wouldn’t be a shock to see a few extra starts go Lack’s way. Will taco night get in the way though? You definitely want to steer clear of taco night/start night as we all know tacos aren’t the most friendly of foods.

Losing takes its toll on teams and we all hope the Canucks can bump the mump…sorry, slump and make goaltending the least talked about thing in Vancouver. Remember, we were good this season….consecutive shutouts good. Let’s do that again, the day after tacos.

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