Soo Greyhounds are working at trying to dig out of the Western Conference cellar with a new goalie. And it has been so far so good through three games.
In an Ontario Hockey League trade that was finalized last week, the Greyhounds acquired overage goalie Bailey Brkin from the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for fellow overage netminder Christian Propp and a 13th round pick at the 2023 OHL priority selections draft.
A native of the Alberta town of Sherwood Park, Brkin was claimed off waivers by the Frontenacs after earlier clearing Western Hockey League waivers. He was then dealt by Kingston to the Soo.
Brkin had been playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL, posting a record of 6-6-1 to go with a 3.81 goals against average and an .889 save percentage.
Besides Moose Jaw, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Brkin had previously played in the WHL for the Kootenay Ice and Spokane Chiefs.
Last season with Spokane, Brkin registered a record of 27-11-3 with a 2.75 goals against average and .914 save percentage.
Brkin was immediately pressed into action for the Greyhounds upon his arrival in Sault Ste. Marie this past week. And he was between the pipes for three victories in as many starts, allowing just six goals in the process, good for a 2.00 goals against average and .929 save percentage.
The Hounds take a record of 9-12-1 ahead of a three-game road trip to Windsor, Flint and Sarnia this week.