Willms set as Warriors starter
loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings.
That he was able to play well in that contest certainly helped with his last minute-preparation.
“It was nice to get into that last game in the pre-season and get back into game speed,” Willms said. “Obviously when you don’t play games over the summer and get into a game, it takes a bit to get a feel for the puck during games. So it helped getting back up to regular speed.”
Willms took the ice for 25 games last season and posted a 3.11 goals against average to go along with a .907 save percentage. For his career, Willms has played 64 games with a 3.39 GAA and .902 save percentage with a 25-23-6-0 record and one shutout.
As solid as those numbers are, Willms has never played behind a lineup as vaunted and potent as he will this season. There are high expectations for the 2017-18 edition of the Warriors, and it’s something he’s looking forward to being a major part of.
“Everyone know’s we’re going to have a pretty strong team this year,” Willms said. “We have a lot of returning guys so that’s always nice, there are a lot of familiar faces so that’s always good going into this year.”
Fellow B.C. Hockey product Adam Evanoff will be filling the role of backup, as the team announced earlier this fall. He played four games in the preseason, posting a 2.02 GAA and .934 save percentage.