With Michael Leighton out with an injury and Thomas McCollum unable to get to Winnipeg in time from Stockton, California, the Checkers needed an emergency goaltender for their game against the Moose last night. Jorge Alves has already played his one-game emergency fill-in, so the Moose turned to the local hockey scene and the Manitoba Bisons' netminder was available to watch the game from the best seat in the house!
The answer would, unfortunately, be no. Daniel Altshuller was outstanding as he made 35 saves in thwarting an outstanding offensive effort by the Moose to help Charlotte to the 4-3 victory. Nevertheless, the young Manitoba netminder did get to take warm-up in the pre-game setup against an AHL squad. He'll always have a jersey, and the memories will be etched into Spriggs' mind forever!
Well done, Bryon Spriggs! A great story for a great kid will finish off this week!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!