St. Catharines, Ont. — You could do a lot worse than Colton Point and Carter Hart as rent-a-goalies.
The pair combined for a 32-save shutout as a U Sport all-star team coached by St. John]’s native Brad Peddle, blanked Canada 3-0 on Wednesday in the first of two exhibitions designed to help Hockey Canada evaluate players at its selection camp for the world junior hockey championship.
HockeyCanada invited four goalies to the junior selection camp and all four played Wednesday, with Point and Hart suiting up for the collection of players from Canadian universities.
Samuel Harvey and Michael DiPietro were between the pipes for the juniors.
Luke Philp, a forward for the University of Alberta, had the first goal and eventual winner for U Sports. Michael Clarke, from Acadia University, had an empty-net goal with 1:15 left in the third ,and then Logan McVeigh of the University of Saskatchewan added another with 9.5 seconds remaining.
Peddle, normally the head coach for the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, has said e saw the two-game series against the world junior prospects — the teams meet again this afternoon —as a chance to prove Canadian university hockey is competitive. And with so many NHL scouts present, the possibility of earning a shot at a professional contract can also be an incentive for the collegiate players, something Peddle uses for motivation.
”This is about representing themselves, their universities, their university programs and U Sports as a whole," said Peddle. "But it's also about trying to open up a door for them because they're good players. If you look in that room, these guys are all guys who've played four or five years of major junior hockey.
"We want players to be able to come to university, work on their games, get better while they're here, get their degrees, then go play pro hockey when they're done. That's what these guys aspire to be."