Crease competition heats up at Rebels camp

It’s one of those cases when two is a crowd and in this case the crowd is in the crease. Last year’s Red Deer Rebels starting goalie Rylan Toth, and backup Trevor Martin both enter the 2016-17 Western Hockey League Season as overage players. Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter has until Oct. 15 to make the decision on which goalie to go with, but the competition starts now.

It’s one of those cases when two is a crowd and in this case the crowd is in the crease.

Last year’s Red Deer Rebels starting goalie Rylan Toth, and backup Trevor Martin both enter the 2016-17 Western Hockey League Season as overage players.

Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter has until Oct. 15 to make the decision on which goalie to go with, but the competition starts now.

“They both know only one is going to be here,” said Sutter. “But there’s no rush on that. It’s a nice problem to have.

“I’m not promising anyone anything, they have to earn it. Their play will dictate that through training camp and through the exhibition, they have to earn their stripes. They have to be able to win you games.”

Sutter won’t use two of his three overage spots on goaltenders. In camp he has two other overage players in Colton Bobyk and Evan Polei.

Both made strong cases to play at different points last season. Toth was injured in the run up to the playoffs and for the first round, which gave Martin a shot. Sutter said Martin helped the Rebels push the Lethbridge Hurricanes for first in the Eastern Conference and was key in the first round series win over the Calgary Hitmen.

When Toth returned from injury, he was thrust into action and was critical in the Rebels seven-game series win over the Regina Pats in the Eastern Conference semifinal

Then Toth was strong in net during the Memorial Cup, leading to key wins against the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the round robin. He also kept the Rebels in their semifinal loss to the Huskies.

Toth is feeling confident about his role on the team.

“The fact I played here for the past couple of years, I’m pretty comfortable. I’m not overly concerned,” said Toth. “I just have to take care of my own business and make sure I’m ready to go. I also have to try to help out and be a leader.”

While Martin knows he has to focus on how he performs.

“All you can do is come in and do your best,” said Martin. “You can’t worry about the things around it, you just have to go out and play your game.”

The two were running through on-ice testing on Thursday during the Rebels training camp.

“We certainly think both are really good goalies,” said Sutter. “Last year when Toth went down, Martin stepped right in and played exceptionally for us. He played well. Then when Toth came back he played well for us in the playoffs.

“We’re just going to see. I like them both and we’ll see how it unfolds.”

There is another battle in net for the backup between 2015-16 late season callup Dawson Weatherill, of Red Deer, and Riley Lamb, of River, Man.

Weatherill saw limited action as a backup to Martin when Toth was injured while Lamb had a great season with the Yellowhead Midget AAA in Manitoba. He finished with a 20-6-0-3 record with a 1.82 Goals Against Average, a 0.939 save percentage and four shutouts.

In Weatherill’s five games with the Rebels he had a 3.69 GAA and a 0.881 save percentage. With the Red Deer Midget Chiefs he had a 2.33 GAA and a 0.932 save percentage.

“We have to see where Dawson is at,” said Sutter. “We brought him in at certain points and at times he looked pretty good and other times he struggled. He’s a year older now so we’ll see where his confidence is.

“Lamb was the MVP of the Manitoba AAA Midget League, so we’ll see how he progresses through training camp.”

Camp resumes today from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Centrium.

Rebels

Just Posted

Alberta has made a more detailed framework for those looking to acquire an exemption to the mandatory indoor mask bylaw. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Alberta changes requirements for mask exemptions

Masks wearing has been recommended for almost a year and provincially mandated… Continue reading

Alberta’a chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday that there are more than 328,000 vaccine appointments booked over the next seven days. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta surpasses 2 million doses administered of COVID-19 vaccine

Red Deer down to 835 active cases of COVID-19

RCMP file photo (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)
RCMP investigating shooting near Maskwacis

Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin RCMP are seeking public assistance after a shooting has… Continue reading

Rode
Smith among impressive group of RDC soccer Queens recruits

There have been a number of cases where younger girls have developed… Continue reading

Red Deer Public Schools is projecting a $4-million budget deficit for 2021-22 school year. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Red Deer Public Schools prepares $124-million budget

$1 million COVID recovery plan to assist students

Bo’s Bar and Grill owner Brennen Wowk said the hospitality industry is looking for more clarity from the province around what conditions must be met to allow for restaurants reopening. (Advocate file photo)
Frustated restaurant owners want to know government’s reopening plan

Restaurant owners feel they are in lockdown limbo

Vancouver Canucks' Nils Hoglander, right, is checked by Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during third-period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Thursday, May 13, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Lindholm, Tkachuk lead Calgary Flames in 4-1 win over Vancouver Canucks

Lindholm, Tkachuk lead Calgary Flames in 4-1 win over Vancouver Canucks

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, right, drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch, left, and guard Jalen Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
LaVine, Markkanen lead Bulls past Raptors, 114-102

LaVine, Markkanen lead Bulls past Raptors, 114-102

NFL schedules get off to strong starts with Week 1 twinbills

NFL schedules get off to strong starts with Week 1 twinbills

The Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The final three games of Canada's Secret Cup women's hockey tournament will be played in Calgary's NHL arena.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Secret Cup women’s tournament final games to be held in Calgary’s Saddledome

Secret Cup women’s tournament final games to be held in Calgary’s Saddledome

FILE - In this Thursday, July 18, 2019 file photo, Ron Francis talks to reporters in Seattle after he was introduced as the first general manager for Seattle's yet-to-be-named NHL hockey expansion team. Four years since George McPhee was a “puppet master” of the NHL leading up to the Vegas expansion draft, general managers approached this trade deadline with Seattle’s upcoming addition to the league in mind. While Kraken GM Ron Francis prepares – and maybe made a handshake deal or two already like McPhee did – Seattle was on his colleagues’ minds.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Kraken still plan to hire coach before expansion draft

Kraken still plan to hire coach before expansion draft

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney attends a news conference in Calgary on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Simmering internal discontent in his United Conservative caucus has boiled over into an open challenge to his leadership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Two Alberta UCP members kicked out of caucus after challenging Kenney’s leadership

Two Alberta UCP members kicked out of caucus after challenging Kenney’s leadership

Toronto Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (13) celebrates in the outfield at the end of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Bichette, Blue Jays rally again to beat Braves 8-4

Bichette, Blue Jays rally again to beat Braves 8-4

FILE - Jordan Spieth waits his turn to putt during the third round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament in San Antonio, in this Saturday, April 3, 2021, file photo. Spieth will try to complete the career Grand Slam next week at the PGA Championship. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas, File)
Momentum for McIlroy, few others going into PGA Championship

Momentum for McIlroy, few others going into PGA Championship

Most Read