Virden, MB – 17 year-old goalie Josh Petersen was all smiles when he took to the ice at Tundra Oil & Gas Place for practice this morning.
Petersen who having an excellent season with the Brandon AAA Wheat Kings joined the Oil Caps for practice today as he continues to eye the jump to junior hockey.
“Its fast out here. Shots are harder and more accurate” said Petersen. “Coming out here shows me that I have to get stronger, have a good summer and make sure I’m on the ice lots.”
Petersen, who recently picked up the Wheat Kings Player of the Month Award for November has posted an 8-6 record this season with a 2.61 GAA and a .915 Save Percentage.
“Im happy with my effort, Ive been hot and cold so far. After Christmas I want to be more consistent.”
The Wheaties, who are hovering around .500 have relied on Petersen heavily this year. The Brandon product is an old man in comparison to 15 year old Max Paddock who suits up along side him in the crease.
“We really help each other out. Im just there to make sure he knows what it takes and help him out when he needs it.”
Closing in on 1000 minutes played, he has faced just shy of 500 shots.
While his ultimate goal is to someday suit up full time for the Oil Caps, his plan for this year is to continue to help the Wheaties climb the standings and enjoy a lengthy playoff run.
The Wheat Kings will take on the Southwest Cougars on Wednesday night.
Game time in Souris is 8:00.