Michael Garteig positions himself to deny Edmonton Oiler Chat Butcher on this breakaway chance during the Canucks Young Stars Classic. Garteig and the Vancouver Canucks lost 5-4 in overtime Monday at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Michael Garteig motivated to win for Canucks

Former BCHL goalie strives to keep improving with Utica, Poolman has Jets debut in Penticton

Michael Garteig played just 22 minutes 39 seconds in the Canucks Young Stars Classic, but it didn’t matter to him.

“It felt good to get back in the net. I just wanted to make saves and try to give us a chance to win,” said Garteig, a former Powell River King and Penticton Vee, who came in relief of Thatcher Demko, giving up two goals on 11 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss.

Garteig came into the game in the third period with the Canucks trailing the Edmonton Oilers 3-2. Garteig said he felt fine, but added it can be tough since he has not played a game since last season. He was focused on doing the right things and felt he did that.

The overtime winner which beat him deflected off a teammates stick and into the top of the net.

“We fought back and were down 4-2. That’s a credit to these guys,” said Garteig. “I thought they were awesome today. I thought we played a really good game.”

Related: Good start for Garteig begins at Young Stars

Garteig made some key saves, including one on a breakaway. While taking a few chances offensively, Garteig said it was up to him to make timely stops when needed. His performance gives him confidence heading into training camp.

“Any time you can get in the net and show yourself, show them what you can do, it adds some confidence to your game,” said the Prince George native, who was signed by the Utica Comets to a one-year American Hockey League contract on Aug. 24. “Everything I’m doing here is just to move forward. I obviously want to win here. I want to get as many wins as we can no matter what level it is. I want to move forward and show them what I can do and have confidence doing it.”

Garteig played in 22 games with the Alaska Aces, the Canucks’ ECHL affiliate, going 11-6-2 along with a .906 save percentage and a 3.11 goals against average. With the Comets, he appeared in eight games, going 0-4-1 with a .897 save percentage and a 3.01 goals against average.

Poolman’s brother Tucker lands in Penticton with Jets

Tucker Poolman, brother of former Penticton Vee Colton Poolman, made his debut with the Winnipeg Jets in the Canucks Young Stars Classic on the final day of the tournament.
Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Tucker Poolman, brother of former Penticton Vee Colton, made his season debut with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday after recovering from bi-lateral shoulder surgery.

“It felt good to get out there. It was a long offseason off,” said Poolman, who signed a one-year entry-level contract worth $1,775,000. “When I got out there, it felt like I had a decent understanding of what was going on out there.”

He got comfortable within his first couple of shifts and said he played pretty good.

“I settled down and it felt like old times,” said Poolman.

Poolman said it was somewhat “poetic” for him to begin his season where his brother played for a year.

“It was kind of fun. I sent him a few texts, sent some pictures back to the family,” he said. “He loved it up here and it was a good weekend for me too.”


 

@pentictonsports
sports@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: University of Northern B.C. moves to virtual grad celebration

The College of New Caledonia and Thompson Rivers University have cancelled their events

COVID-19: Northern Health moving into next phases of pandemic planning

Northern Health is working closely with the First Nations Health Authority

‘It’s job No. 1 right now’: B.C.’s Harmac Pacific providing pulp for critical medical supplies

Bryan Reid Sr. of Williams Lake said they received a call of thanks from Canada’s Chrystia Freeland

COVID-19: Central Mountain Air suspending flights, effective April 11

The airline is suspending scheduled flights through to June 7

UPDATED: Rocky Mountaineer delays season until July 1

The popular luxury train had previously suspended operations through April due to COVID-19

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

B.C. sorting medical equipment sales, donation offers for COVID-19

Supply hub has call out for masks, gowns, coronavirus swabs

B.C. records five more deaths due to COVID-19, 45 new cases

A total of 838 people have recovered from the virus

Major crimes investigating sudden death of North Okanagan child

The 8 year old was flown to Kelowna General Hospital and died hours later

Easter Bunny added to B.C.’s list of essential workers

Premier John Horgan authorizes bunny to spread “eggs-ellent cheer” throughout province

Travellers returning to B.C. must have self-isolation plan or face quarantine: Horgan

Premier John Horgan says forms must be filled out by travellers

More than 400 animals have been adopted amid pandemic: B.C. SPCA

People are taking this time of social distancing to find a loyal companion through the animal welfare group

B.C. secures motel, hotel rooms for COVID-19 shelter space

Community centres, rooms reserved for pandemic self-isolation

Most Read