What was supposed to be a weekend call-up has turned into an opportunity for Columbus Cottonmouths rookie goalie Travis Bosch.
Travis headed to Denver last weekend to man the nets for the Cutthroats. He apparently opened some eyes against first-place Rapid City, as Travis has been asked to stay in Denver. Good for Travis!! Hate it for the Snakes, as Travis is a solid goalie, but glad for him to have this opportunity.
Travis gave up 3 goals to Rapid City on Friday, Jan. 17 in a 4-1 loss. The final goal was an empty netter. He turned back 28 of the 31 shots he faced.
Assistant coach John Bierchen will be the EBUG tonight and Jerome has another goalie headed to Columbus tomorrow.
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So, the team's second-half fortunes rest squarely on Andrew Loewen's capable shoulders. Sure, the new guy will get the occasional start, as it's never good to have your backup completely uninvolved and rusty, but this will be Andrew's team up to and in the playoffs.
Andrew is playing very well, so this couldn't have come at a better time for the team. His GAA is down to 3.07 and save percentage up to .902. More importantly, Andrew has won 5 straight and 9 of his last 11. In the two losses, he needed to be perfect as the offense scored only one goal in each.
Speaking of offense (see how smoothly I made that transition...or not? haha), hope it makes the trip to Huntsville tonight as the Havoc are sitting alone in first place. Huntsville has scored 123 goals this season, to just 97 for the Snakes. Teams are nearly dead even in goals-against. Huntsville has given up 98 goals and the Snakes 99.
Two games this weekend at the Pit as Jordan Braid and the Louisiana IceGators come to town. It'll be good to see Jordan again. Also can't wait to see if and how far the Snakes move up the crowded SPHL standings.