They say first impressions are everything.
After a shaky preseason start at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Anthony Dumont-Bouchard had a statement game in his regular season debut.
Dumont-Bouchard made 36 saves in the win, including 15 in the final frame while under siege, while the Rangers stymied the Sting 3-1 in Sarnia’s home opener.
“They had a lot of shots, but it was a lot of outside shots,” says Dumont-Bouchard. “The guys protected the middle [of the ice] well, which helps me a lot.”
The 20-year-old new netminder came to Kitchener from Barrie in a trade earlier this month in exchange for a 14th-round pick, after spending time in the QMJHL.
“He was exceptional,” said Head Coach Jay McKee. “Sarnia had us hemmed in our own end in the third and he was making big saves through traffic.”
Dumont-Bouchard knows the importance of the goaltending position this year.
“[Luke] Richardson is a really good goalie. We want to be the best we can and challenge each other to help the team win the most games possible,” said Dumont-Bouchard.
Richardson played in the Rangers loss Friday to Flint in Kitchener’s home opener. The Rangers and Sting are two of the 11 teams to lose their home opener this year, while only four have won their first game on home ice.
The Rangers are set for three games in three days this week, starting Thursday in Windsor against the defending Memorial Cup Champion Spitfires. They’re back at home on Friday, against the Owen Sound Attack, and then cap off the weekend with a road trip to Erie Saturday.
As always, all games can be heard on 570NEWS.