Tigers U18 goaltender Doug Wakelyn and U16 netminder Keaton French have each received the opportunity to skate with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL. With Storm goaltender Isaiah Saville recently participating in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game the Storm turned to the Tigers program for some reinforcement in net.
"The USHL is a great experience for any player and we are excited that two of our young men received the opportunity to practice with the Storm and see that level of hockey" stated U18 head coach Kevin Holmstrom. " We are very fortunate to have Matt Zaba (Tigers and Storm goaltender coach) working with all our guys on a regular basis, the development, knowledge and opportunities they all receive is outstanding" added Holmstrom.
Doug Wakelyn (Colorado Springs, CO) was the NAPHL #2 Goaltending Peak Performer in December posting wins in each of his two starts stopping 50 of 54 shots (.926%). Wakelyn skated with the Storm last week stated "It was definitely a different speed and challenge in the USHL. They move the puck great so I had react and move faster. Id like to thank coach Zaba and the Tiger staff, it was a great experience" Wakelyn is 14-6-1 for the Tigers on the year.
Keaton French, 16 was the October NAPHL Goaltending Peak Performer in Blaine, MN. French will get his look this week as he travels to Kearney, NE to skate Tue/Wed before NAPHL action in Troy, MI over the weekend. "Im excited" said French, "Ive seen Isaiah (also a native of Alaska) play for a really long time, he is very good and I look forward to the opportunity" The 6'0" /160 lbs native of Fairbanks Alaska is in his second season with the Tigers program.
All the Tigers AAA teams U15,16 and 18s travel to Troy, MI this week for NAPHL action. Good Luck Tigers!