Life of a third-string goalie

December 29, 2015

He is in his third season with the Lake Superior State Lakers and has appeared in just one game in his Western Collegiate Hockey Association career but junior goalie Aaron Davis continues to work hard and be a supportive teammate.

Davis, who put up good numbers over two seasons in the North American Hockey League — primarily with the reputable Coulee Region Chill organization — has to yet play in a game for the Lakers in 2015-2016 while having seen action just once in 2014-2015 after being idle in 2013-2014.

Undaunted, the 5-foot-8, 160-pound, third-string Lakers goalie remains positively realistic.

“I’m in a situation where I just have to work hard every day, earn everything I can, push the guys ahead of me,” noted Davis.

“I do what I can to help the team. There’s always a chance of something opening up and if that chance comes, I have to take advantage of the opportunity,” added Davis, who serves as the reserve goalie behind sophomore Gordon Defiel and freshman Nick Kossoff on the Lakers depth chart.

Lakers goalie coach Terry Barbeau, who is in his third go-round at Lake Superior State and has worked in a similar capacity for both the Soo Greyhounds and Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, praised Davis for being “very positive in a tough situation.

“I have a lot of respect for him in his role with the team and how he carries himself in that role,” Barbeau said of Davis.

— with files from Linda Bouvet

PHOTO: Lake Superior State Lakers third-string goalie Aaron Davis.

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