The Weyburn Red Wings made a huge move a few weeks backs when they brought in 20-year-old goalie Riley Lamb. Lamb had spent the last two seasons with the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League where he started 73 games, as well as 10 playoff games during that time.
Lamb grew up in Rivers, Man. and played for the Yellowhead Chiefs Midget AAA team in the Manitoba Midget Hockey League. In his 17-year-old season, he led the MMHL with a .939 save percentage. Just this past February, Lamb was named Goalie of the Month for the WHL.
Now in his final season of junior hockey, Lamb is excited to be playing for a new team in an entirely new league.
"I'm excited playing with a couple guys I knew before. It's a great league, it's very competitive," Lamb said. "From the top team to the worst team is always very close, so it should be exciting and it'll be a bit different than the Western League. I'm looking forward to it."
The Red Wings weren't sure if Lamb would be interested in coming to play in Weyburn, but they are sure glad he did. Lamb saw just one game in the preseason and stopped 41 of the 43 shots he faced. The coaches marveled at how composed and calm Lamb looked in the net all night.
It hasn't been confirmed, but with the only other goalie on the roster being 18-year-old rookie Cody Levesque, it appears the crease belongs to Lamb this season. Levesque himself had a stellar season last year playing for Swift Current in Midget AAA. The dynamic 1-2 punch in net should hold down the backend and give the Red Wings a lot of opportunities to win hockey games. Combine that with their explosive offensive weapons, and you've got a good looking roster in the SJHL.
To read about Lamb's expectations for the team this season and what he had to say about his new teammates, continue on to the Weyburn Red Wings page.
You can catch Lamb's debut in net tomorrow night when the Red Wings host the Yorkton Terriers in their home opener. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. at Crescent Point Place.