The Kootenay ICE are preparing for the end of their pre season with only two goalies.
Head coach James Patrick says it was a tough decision to let go of 20-year-old goalie Matt Berlin.
“Matt Berlin came in and gave us everything. He came in last year and gave us really solid play,” Patrick says. “His teammates loved him. It was a hard thing to have to let him go.”
Patrick says despite the loss, he is still confident in goaltenders Duncan McGovern and Jesse Makaj who remain on the roster.
He adds he’s impressed by the effort and skills of his team, and how much they’ve grown since the beginning of their pre season schedule.
“Peyton Krebs impresses me with his work ethic. I’ve been around few athletes with the desire to be better than him. So that rubs off on the rest of our group.”
Patrick says he would like to see somebody stand out a little more from his group of 18-year-old players.
The ICE face the Calgary Hitmen Friday in Invermere and head to Calgary on Saturday for their final exhibition matchup.
Regular season begins September 22nd.
– James Patrick – Head Coach, Kootenay ICE