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January 3 2012 at 7:33 AM
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Backups battle for spot in crease

By Daniel Nugent-bowman, The StarPhoenix

January 2, 2012

With starting goaltender Andrey Makarov expected to return from the Russian world junior team in time for the Saskatoon Blades' next game on Friday, the focus shifts to the backups.

"It's the million-dollar question right now," said Blades head coach and general manager Lorne Molleken.

The battle for the second spot between the pipes involves Alex Moodie and Adam Todd.

Moodie has started the last three games after being recalled from the Winnipeg Wild midget AAA team.

The 16-year-old has won his last two starts, including an 8-2 win on Sunday against Brandon where he made 21 saves.

While he wasn't tested much, Moodie was strong in the latter stages of the second period when the Wheat Kings started to mount some offence.

"I thought (Sunday night) was probably his best game," said Molleken. "He was square to the shooter. Nothing went through him. He competed like crazy out there and made some big saves at important times when the game was still close.

"Any time that the puck is hitting the goalie in the crest, you know that he's doing a real good job."

For his part Moodie has tried not to think too far ahead. He is 2-1 with a 3.60 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage in four appearances.

"Everything's been going pretty good," he said. "I'm enjoying every minute of it and taking it day by day."

Todd was recalled from Port Alberni of the British Columbia Hockey League last Oct. 4 when the Blades dealt Adam Morrison to the Vancouver Giants.

The 17-year-old is 1-3 with a 5.74 goals-against average and a .838 save percentage with Saskatoon.

Todd has been pulled in each of his last two starts. On Dec. 17, he was yanked in favour of Makarov after allowing two goals on three shots to Kelowna and last Tuesday Moodie replaced him for the third period of a 7-2 loss to Edmonton.


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