Pat­ton re­joins Ma­roons

Sec­ond-year goalie ea­ger to play again af­ter watch­ing in OHL

The Chatham Daily News - - SPORTS - MARK MALONE THE DAILY NEWS

The Chatham Ma­roons can of­fer Lu­cas Pat­ton the play­ing time that the Wind­sor Spit­fires couldn’t.

The sec­ond-year net­min­der re­joined the Ma­roons on Tues­day af­ter be­ing the Spit­fires’ third­stringer all sea­son.

“I’ve got to get play­ing, right?” Pat­ton said. “Got to get games in. It’s good to be back. I’m ea­ger to start play­ing.”

The 18-year-old from Toronto was 16-5 with a 3.56 goals-against av­er­age and .902 save per­cent­age for the Ma­roons as a rookie last sea­son.

He was twice se­lected as the goalie of the month in the Greater On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League’s Western Con­fer­ence.

Pat­ton dressed for some OHL pre-sea­son games with the Spit­fires, but he hasn’t seen any ac­tion in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“I’m happy to get back and prac­tis­ing and get in a cou­ple games and get back in the swing of things,” he said af­ter prac­tis­ing Tues­day at Chatham Me­mo­rial Arena. “I’m still prac­tis­ing with Wind­sor, which is good. I’m prac­tis­ing ev­ery day. It’s good to be back, for sure.”

To make room for Pat­ton, the Ma­roons re­leased goalie Kyle Droge af­ter Tues­day’s prac­tice.

Droge was 0-1-0 with a 5.57 GAA and .841 save per­cent­age in three games. He hadn’t played since Sept. 27.

Those moves still leave the Ma­roons with three goal­tenders. Ryan Wag­ner and re­cently ac­quired John Mas­sara are the oth­ers.

Wag­ner has seen most of the ac­tion with a 9-8-0 record, 3.56 GAA and .899 save per­cent­age. Mas­sara made his first start Sun­day and stopped 35 shots in a 3-1 win over the first-place Leamington Fly­ers.

“I don’t know how many guys they can carry,” Pat­ton said. “I’m just fo­cused on me right now. What­ever they de­cide, it’s their de­ci­sion. They’re the staff and you’ve got to re­spect what­ever they say.”

He walked into a locker-room that’s un­der­gone a makeover since he left last sea­son.

“A lot of dif­fer­ent faces,” Pat­ton said. “Some old ones that I rec­og­nize. It’s good to get to know the new guys and get rolling.”

The Ma­roons don’t play un­til Sun­day when the Sar­nia Le­gion­naires visit Me­mo­rial Arena.

Pat­ton doesn’t know when he’ll start, but he vows to be ready. He’s con­fi­dent his prac­tices have kept him sharp.

“I’ve been work­ing hard in Wind­sor and com­ing here to work hard in these prac­tices,” he said. “I think I’m ready to go.” mmalone@post­media.com

MARK MALONE/THE DAILY NEWS

Chatham Ma­roons Lu­cas Pat­ton faces a shot at prac­tice Tues­day at Chatham Me­mo­rial Arena.

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