By Dan McCaffery
The Sarnia Legionnaires have a new goalie.
Head coach Dan Rose says the team has secured the services of veteran puckstopper Jake Danson of the Ontario Tier 'II' Jr. 'A' league.
In a straight cash transaction, the Legionnaires obtained Danson, 20, from the Newmarket Hurricanes. Danson became available after Newmarket decided it did not want to carry two 20-year-old goalkeepers.
The newcomer will share the net with Braden Palocz, who has had to carry the goaltending load by himself since Sean Parker suffered a serious injury in LaSalle two weeks ago.
Rose said the acquisition will help Palocz by taking some of the pressure off of him. Besides that, he said, Palocz "wants to compete for the spot."
The coach added he will probably start Palocz on Thursday (Oct. 31) home game against the St. Marys Lincolns, with Danson getting his first taste of action on the road Saturday in Lambton Shores.
The Legionnaires will be looking for a little payback when they host the Lincs. That's because the Stone Town team's only win so far this season was against Sarnia.
"They're coming in here with a little bit of mojo, knowing that they beat us,” Rose said.
Danson, a Toronto native, played last winter for the Lakeshore Patriots Tier 'II' Jr. 'A' squad, where he put up impressive numbers. They included a 2.72 goals-against-average and a .901save percentage. The big goalie (he stands 6'1 and weighs 180) also registered a shutout.
Prior to his stint in Lakeshore Danson saw action with the Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior 'A' League. Earlier in his career Danson was between the pipes for a junior club from Salzburg, Austria, where his save percentage stood at .907.