St. John’s junior final continues tonight
Like most goalies, Josh Carey doesn’t like to be pulled from a game.
It happened to the Southern Shore C&W Offshore Breakers’ netminder in the opening game of the best-of-seven Penney Kia St. John's Junior Hockey League final last weekend.
The Avalon Roebothan McKay Marshall Capitals won that game 5-2 and head into Game 4 tonight (7:40 p.m.) at the Southern Shore Arena in Mobile with a 2-1 series lead.
Carey, who lives in Goulds, and was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories where his Newfoundland-born parents moved for work, has been a revelation in his rookie season.
The first-year Memorial University student registered a 3.73 goals against average over 19 games while posting an 11-7 record in regular season play to go along with a .902 save percentage.
He has a 7-2 record in the post season with 2.03 GAA and a .947 save percentage.
“No goalie likes to get pulled,” said Carey. “I’d rather lose 20-0 rather than get taken out a game, but I took it as we just had to come back and win the next game, and that’s what we did.
“I don’t think I’ve been playing too bad. I would have liked to play better coming off a (semifinal) series where I had three shutouts,” he said.
The Breakers knocked off the four-time defending league champion St. John’s Hickman Automotive Group Caps in a five-game semifinal, with Carey blanking St. John’s in the last three games of the series.
“They (Avalon) are a bit more offensive than St. John’s and the scoreboard has shown that,” noted Carey.
The Breakers won Game 2 by a score of 6-5 in overtime, while the Capitals doubled the Breakers 4-2 in Game 3.
“We’ve been pretty undisciplined, and I think that’s the only reason why we’re down. We’re taking too many penalties,” said Carey.
Carey said the players have talked about it and how to deal with it.
“They’ve (Avalon) got a few guys who are really good on the power play and we’ve been trying to shut them down, but when we’re taking 20 penalties a game, that’s hard to do.”
Carey also said he’s always prided himself on stopping breakaways, and yet Ben Cleary scored twice via that route in the team’s last game.
“I feel if I’d made those stops, we would have won,” he said.
While he’s looking for changes in terms of results, things that won’t change include his game pre-game preparations and his idiosyncrasies.
Again, like most netminders, Carey tends to be the superstitious sort.
“I have a lot of them,” he said with a laugh.
“I do the exact warm-up every time with movements before I get in the net and certain guys shooting at me. I always get off the ice three minutes before the buzzer goes to end the pre-game warm-up. I also put my gear on the same way every single time.”
And then there’s his goalie stick.
“I’ll only retape my stick after a loss,” said Carey. “I’ll keep the same tape on for three months if I’m going good.”
Carey anticipates rebounding for tonight’s game.
“I think if we can win (tonight), we’ll be looking good for the rest of the series.”