The Flin Flon Bombers, under the Mike Reagan regime, has become a “Goalie Hotbed” in the six seasons he’s been at the helm.
In his first season as Head Coach and General Manager, he inherited Calvin Bartel but went out and picked up highly recruited Carsen Chubak of Prince Albert, SK. Although he only played one season in the maroon and white, Chubek has gone on to have successful career and is currently playing with Niagara University, a Division I school in the NCAA. Even Bartel played some college hockey. This was the first in a line of goalies moving on.
In fact, since the 2007-08 season, Flin Flon has become a goalie factory sending four goalies on to play NCAA hockey.
In Reagan’s second year, he had two goalies that moved on in the form of Matt Weninger and Ryan Kerpan, both were acquired in trades. Weninger had a great career with the Bombers playing two full seasons before accepting a scholarship to St. Lawrence of the ECAC. For Kerpan his career wasn’t as long with Flin Flon, he was dealt to Nipawin, simply because the crease was too crowded for their caliber. He had good numbers with a struggling Hawks team, which had him accept a scholarship with AIC. He plays in the same league as Chubak now.
Next up was PJ Musico. Musico was also acquired via trade where the California native bounced around a couple of junior leagues before landing a home in the Bombers net. Musico had a great season behind the rebuilding Bombers, and had SJHL Goalie of the Year mentions. He was first in minutes played, shots and saves that season. He moved onto the newly started Penn State hockey program and now shares starts with the Nittany Lions.
If you check the NCAA goalie stats, Flin Flon boasts two alumni (Weninger and Chubak) in the top five and one more (Musico) just out of the top 20 in the nation in goals against average. Chubak and Weninger are tied for the lead in save percentage.
This season is appears to be no different in the goalie development.
Second year goalie Devin Buffalo has already been named SJHL’s Goaltender of the Week this year and was named co winner of the SJHL’s Rookie of the Year last year, the first rookie of the year for the Bombers in the SJHL.
Through 14 starts this season, Buffalo sits atop the SJHL leaders in goals against average (2.00), save percentage (.937) and wins (11).
Will they produce another NCAA goalie? Only time, or minutes played, will tell.