Normally Dan Etherington does his best work around the rink.
From chasing passes up front to tussling along the boards Etherington is a physical presence at the WestTel Arena of Kings Sports Centre.
However on Tuesday he showed he is equally dominant between the pipes. Etherington served as goalie in game three of the Cherry Cup finals for the MEPCO High Rollers.
He would step up and deliver 33 saves against the Budget Beavers while allowing five goals as the High Rollers won 6-5.
The win gives MEPCO the overall 2009 WestTel Adult Roller Hockey League after the squad finished atop the regular season standings.
Etherington talked about his experience in goal in the final match of the best-of-three series.
‘It was intense from the initial drop of the puck to the final whistle. The whole time I was in there I had to block out the frustration from game two (Budget won that game 6-3).
‘It was my second game ever in goal. I had fun and enjoyed it. I did the best I could and worked hard. I knew what the game meant to the team so I had to rise to the occasion.’
Etherington’s play in goal was a marked improvement over his last game. That match was MEPCO’s first round playoff win over CDMS at the start of the month.
He allowed six goals and made just 15 saves on 21 shots faced. Jean Louis Beaudet and Patrick Bourque (four goals and two assists between them) burned Etherington the most in that match.
Remember Etherington is renowned for using his hustle to generate points. He finished the regular season with 16 points as he nabbed eight assists and eight goals. He also managed an assist in game one.
For Tuesday’s game he credits new equipment and good work by his team-mates for his turnaround performance in goal.
‘In my first game I couldn’t see well and I wasn’t moving the gear. On Tuesday I had different equipment that gave me good motion and vision.
‘Ultimately game three was a match I knew we could win and credit goes to Eric Mildenberger (who played well up front) and the duo of Jeff Hart and Chris Creighton for doing so well in defense.’