Friday, 1 October 2010

Rimmer Making Most of Opportunity

Rookie goaltender Ty Rimmer is making the most of his opportunity with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Rimmer has stopped 47 of 50 shots through two starts this season for a 1.50 goals against average and .940 save percentage.

The 18-year old Edmonton product began the year with Brandon last season, playing one game, before being assigned to Bonneyville of the AJHL when the club acquired Jacob De Serres from Seattle in mid-October.

I talked to Rimmer after Wheat Kings' practice on Thursday and asked him what he thought the biggest difference was this year as compared to 2009.

"Just having a year of junior hockey under my belt," said Rimmer, "I trained really hard this summer and I came into camp feeling ready and ready to play games, and I've been doing well, so."

Rimmer saw limited action with the Pontiacs last year, compiling a 4.15 GAA in 13 appearances.

A 14th round pick in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft (303rd overall), Rimmer has the distinction of being the lowest selected player to ever suit up for the Wheat Kings.

He in one of four goaltenders still on Brandon's roster but Rimmer believes the competition helps his motivation.

"When you get your starts, you know there's always three more guys looking over your shoulder, ready to go in at any time," says the 5-foot-11, 174 pound Rimmer, "When you get your opportunities, you have to make the most of it."

The Wheat Kings are back in action Friday night as they entertain the Saskatoon Blades (7:30 p.m. Westman Communications Group Place).

Brandon is trying to run their season-opening winning streak to four games.

They haven't started a season 4-and-0 since 1994.

Chaff...Brandon was 5-2-1-0 vs. the Blades in the regular season last year, and then ousted Saskatoon in six games in the second round of the WHL playoffs...F Mark Stone is currently 2nd in the WHL scoring race with eight points (2 G, 6 A) while D Darren Bestland and F Brenden Walker are tied for 10th place with five points each...the first 2,500 fans in attendance Friday will receive a 2010-2011 Wheat Kings' Fridge Magnet schedule, courtesy of Manitoba Hydro.

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