It’s been a busy season so far at the back of the ice, with three different goalies filling the net I spoke to David Clements, Kevin Noble, Chris Joyaux, Nicolai Bryhnisveen and Trey Lewis to find out how they felt about the situation.
Is it challenging adjusting to playing with different goalies?
DC: Obviously it’s been difficult for us this year having to play in front three different goalies as they each have their own style in the way they play. In saying that I thought the boys did a great job adjusting to that and did what we could to protect them all and play hard in front of them.
KN: No. Throughout a hockey season you play with many different players, whether in different line combinations or situational moments throughout the game, being able to adjust to this is part of the game.
CJ: For the most part it’s quite easy, some goalies have their tendencies and things they like, but they’ll always make them aware from the getgo.
NB: No not really. Most goalies these days play a similar style and as long as the communication between D’s and goalies is good, it doesn’t really matter who is in there.
TL: I don’t think it’s too challenging, it’s mostly just about communication and whether they are vocal with you or vice versa.
Does the goalie you are playing in front of affect your style of play? How?
DC: Every goalie is different. Miro didn’t speak a lot of English which didn’t really help, but he was a great goalie and gave us a chance to win each night. Whenever Hedley was in net he was unreal! Obviously, he doesn’t have as much experience as the other two but again he stood on his head for us and as he’s young it gave us a little more determination to play that little bit harder in front of him. Miika has had a tough start with injury but during that time had worked incredibly hard off the ice to keep his conditioning up. Miika has some certain things he goes over with us D men before games and during practice that he’d rather us do, which is different and we try adapt to in order to make life easy for him between the pipes.
KN: No. Regardless of who is in net you have to do your job, giving the team the best chance to be successful. We have confidence in any teammate we play with.
CJ: I wouldn’t say so. At the end of the day our job is to get the puck out of the zone and his is to stop it. So you have trust in one another, no matter who, to do their job.
NB: Again no, I try to focus on my game and doing my job. Some goalies are good with their stick and like to play the puck, in which case there will be more opportunities to get a pass rather than come back and pick pucks up.
TL: I would say it mostly just affects your game in the sense of positioning, whether they want you in one position opposed to another. I just listen to whatever they tell me to do!
Who is the most memorable goalie you have played with? Why – what did they do that makes them stand out for you?
DC: For me so far the most memorable goalie has to be Brian Stewart! My first year here the saves that he could make I’ve never seen anything like it. Guys told me he was a huge reason of why they won the playoffs the year before I came, and then he was a huge factor in us making the final my first year. Not only a great goalie but a great personality to have around the room which is really important.
KN: I’ve played with many great goalies. Anytime you play with, and win with someone who you have great team success makes them memorable. My Junior and college experiences were highlighted with great team success and many great players.
CJ: Both of my goalies from Miami. They were so different in many aspects but both competed like animals. You shoot one towards their head and they’re coming at you. You put one in their chest and they chirped you. I was roommates with both of them so being so close to them and seeing their rituals to me was amazing and hilarious
NB: I have played with a lot of good ones, but the guy that stands out have to be Jordan Parise. He had an intense workout regime and would always use electrodes all over his body that gave these small electric pulses to warm up his muscles before practice and games. He looked hilarious.
TL: I’d have to say Hedley because he lets me score on him in the Friday practice shootouts.