Ram­blers pick up goalie with sig­nif­i­cant ma­jor ju­nior ex­pe­ri­ence

The Amherst News - - SPORTS - By Dar­reLL coLe dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ram­blers have gone to Bri­tish Columbia to pick up a new goalie.

At the same time it is cut­ting ties with pop­u­lar goalie Ju­lian Gal­loway, who has been placed on trade waivers within the Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League.

The Ram­blers have sent fu­ture con­sid­er­a­tions to the West Kelowna War­riors of the BCHL for goalie Cody Porter, who has more than 120 games ex­pe­ri­ence in the Western Hockey League with the Cal­gary Hit­men and the Van­cou­ver Giants.

“We felt this was a move we had to make to im­prove our hockey club,” Ram­blers coach and gen­eral man­ager Jeff LeBlanc said. “Goal­tend­ing is an area where we need to im­prove and this al­lows us to do that. We felt we needed a big goalie with lots of ma­jor ju­nior ex­pe­ri­ence to go deep in the play­offs. We’re bring­ing in a goalie who has played over 120 games in the Western Hockey League.”

LeBlanc said he watched Porter play games on­line and likes his com­pete level. He said both the Hit­men and Giants spoke highly of the 20-year-old North Van­cou­ver na­tive who played two games with the Saint John Sea Dogs ear­lier this sea­son.

In 34 games last sea­son with Cal­gary, Porter had a 14-16-2-1 record with a 3.46 goals-against av­er­age and a .888 save per­cent­age. He also ap­peared in three play­off games.

Over three sea­sons with Cal­gary and Van­cou­ver, Porter went 54-435-4 with a 3.30 goals-against av­er­age and a .892 save per­cent­age.

Porter is cur­rently driving from West Van­cou­ver and will meet the team in Amherst on Satur­day. He will not play Fri­day in Ed­mund­ston.

Be­cause Amherst is at their max­i­mum for 20 year olds Gal­loway is the odd man out. LeBlanc said it was a very tough de­ci­sion.

“We feel this is the best move to im­prove our hockey club. Any­time you re­place play­ers it’s not easy, even more so when they’re good peo­ple. Ju­lian comes from a great fam­ily, and is a good per­son. We wish him noth­ing but the best,” LeBlanc said.

The Ram­blers will look at work­ing with Gal­loway to find him a place to play.

Leblanc was asked if he was fin­ished ad­just­ing his ros­ter be­fore the first dead­line of Dec. 1.

“With us host­ing the Fred Page Cup next year it makes ev­ery de­ci­sion a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult but in say­ing that, ev­ery day we look at ways to make our team bet­ter. We will con­tinue to do that un­til we are happy. We feel we got bet­ter today and that’s a big pos­i­tive,” he said.

The league’s trade freeze is from Dec. 11 to 31.

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The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ram­blers have ac­quired goalie Cody Porter from West Kelowna of the BCHL.

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