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GOALTENDING SPOTS UP FOR GRABS

Courtesy: Darren Steinke, Medicine Hat News

Monday 08.20.12 / 10:08 AM

dsteinke@medicinehatnews.com

For the first time in years, the Medicine Hat Tigers goaltending situation is unpredictable.

Going into the last three seasons, Tyler Bunz, who holds the team's all-time career wins record, was pretty much a lock as the starter, especially the past two seasons. The other goalies that came to Tigers training camp were battling for the number two spot.

Due to the fact Bunz has signed an entry-level NHL contract with the Edmonton Oilers, he likely won't be back for his overage season in Medicine Hat.

With training camp activities slated to start Tuesday, the competition for the team's two netminding spots is wide open.

On Thursday, two of the team's returnees in Kenny Cameron and Dawson MacAuley were at The Arena helping Tigers goaltender coach J.F. Martel run his World Pro Goaltending camp.

Czech product Marek Langhamer, who was selected by the Tigers in the first round of the Canadian Hockey League import draft in June, wasn't present, but it isn't mandatory for the goaltenders on the Tigers list to assist with the goaltender camp.

The two returnees are heading into the season with the mindset that they each have a big opportunity.

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Stats
Player Stats
Skaters: GP G A PTS +/-
C. Sanford 18 11 13 24 7
T. Cox 17 8 15 23 10
C. Valk 18 12 9 21 5
M. Koules 18 4 6 10 -6
D. Bredo 18 1 8 9 3
T. Stanton 18 0 8 8 -3
T. Vannelli 18 2 6 8 -7
C. Butcher 18 5 1 6 -1
M. Eisenschmid 18 0 5 5 2
S. Owre 15 3 2 5 0
Goalies: W L OTL SOL Sv% GAA
M. Langhamer 9 8 0 0 0.934 2.35
N. Schneider 0 0 0 0 0.625 28.27