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Pats' Rookie Showing The Poise Of A Veteran
By. Greg Harder, Regina Leader Post
Max Paddock is beginning to make some noise as a WHL goaltender, but it hasn’t altered the quiet confidence he displayed from Day 1.
The soft-spoken rookie has looked more like a veteran while filling in for No. 1 goalie Ryan Kubic, who’s out with an apparent case of the flu.
The Pats believe that Paddock’s calm, cool demeanour will continue to serve him well during his WHL career. That includes Wednesday when he makes his third consecutive start in a clash with the league-leading Moose Jaw Warriors (7 p.m., Brandt Centre).
“I’ve always kind of been that way,” explained Paddock, 17. “(The pressure) gets inside my head a little bit but I feel like I don’t show it. It helps me and my teammates if they can look at me and see that everything is fine even if you give up a goal. They can trust me (knowing) that I’m not going to back down.”
Those traits are part of what initially caught the Pats’ attention when they selected him in the 10th round of the 2015 bantam draft. He affirmed the club’s faith last season when he started five games as an emergency callup, going 4-1-0 with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.
“I’ve always thought he was very calm in the net, very cool,” said Pats head coach/GM John Paddock, who is Max’s uncle. “Obviously knowing him like I do, I know he’s a really good athlete. In different sports he has been in lots of pressure situations. That doesn’t mean he’s ready for primetime right now but I don’t think he’s going to be a rattled athlete. I’ve always felt there was poise there.”
Perhaps it’s in the blood.
In addition to Max’s family ties to John Paddock — a former NHL player and coach — he also had the benefit of growing up in the same household with his father Russ, a former Olympian and long-time member of the Canadian national volleyball team.
Like his dad — an ex-goaltender in hockey — Max is a multi-sport athlete who ascended to the national level in volleyball. He’s also an accomplished baseball player who won a bronze medal a few years ago at the Western Canadian championships.
“Playing in other sports in tight situations has helped me,” said Max. “I’ve kind of been able to shake things off. (It helps) on the ice to prepare and be ready for what’s to come if I get into that situation.”
Paddock can expect to face some adversity against the Warriors, who have the WHL’s highest-scoring offence in addition to the league’s best record (42-9-1-2).
Paddock has yet to face Moose Jaw in his brief WHL career.
“They’re a good team and it’ll be a good challenge for us,” he said. “Seeing some of their stats and whatnot, how many goals they’ve put up, it could get into your head mentally. But I just block it out and look at it like any other game. It’s almost a confidence booster, too, knowing you’re the guy that the team is going to lean on for however long until Kubic is back.”
Paddock has done pretty well so far, going 3-0-1 over his past four starts with a 1.47 GAA and a .950 SP. That stretch has improved his overall numbers this season to 9-5-1-1, 3.08 and .901.
“I think I’ve been playing pretty good hockey as of late,” Max said after his first-star performance Saturday in a 4-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. “I’m kind of resurrecting my numbers. They were pretty bad before the (Christmas) break. I’m just trying to give the guys a chance to win. After the break I’ve been feeling a lot better — more poised in the net. I’m playing with more confidence.”
The only blemish on Paddock’s record as of late — if you want to call it that — was a 2-1 shootout loss to the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday.
Despite that setback, he was named the contest’s second star.
“I felt I played pretty good,” he added. “We didn’t get the outcome that we wanted but it’s another step in the right direction for myself at least going into this week.”
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Austin Lotz Signs With Hometown Moose
The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club announced today, in conjunction with its ECHL affiliate, the Jacksonville Icemen, the team has signed goaltender Austin Lotz to a professional tryout agreement. The Moose also announced that goaltender Jake Hildebrand has been released from his professional tryout.
Lotz, 22, is in his second season of professional hockey. The Winnipeg, Man. native has an 11-9-1 record with a 2.82 goals-against average, 0.896 save percentage and two shutouts in 23 appearances with the Icemen this season. Last season, Lotz played in 13 ECHL games split between the Rapid City Rush and Reading Royals. He posted a 3-7-0 record with a 4.46 goals-against average and 0.857 save percentage.
Born May 27 1995 — Winnipeg, Man.
Height 6.01 — Weight 180 — Shoots L
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