Former Clarkson and Oswego State goaltender Tim Potter says he has been contacted by Bakersfield of the East Coast Hockey League to fill an open roster spot. The Bakersfield native tells TheVOTL.com that he will suit up for his hometown Condors Wednesday night.
Starting backstop Justin Pogge was called up by Anaheim of the NHL on Monday. He is being counted on to help replace Jean-Sébastien Giguère, who re-aggravated a groin injury this weekend. Giguère is listed as day-to-day.
Pogge's sudden promotion left Bakersfield with just one netminder, Timo Pielmeier, 20, of Germany. Pielmeier has logged 100 minutes in net this season and has a goal against average of 4.80 with a save percentage of .837 for the 3-2-0-0 Condors.
Potter last saw the ice as a member of the NCAA Division III Oswego State Lakers last season. He transferred from Division I Clarkson in January after failing to secure the starting goaltender spot with the Golden Knights. The junior was given the starting nod in Oswego upon arrival and earned a 10-2-0 record with a 2.09 GAA and .922 save percentage. The Lakers won Potter's first nine starts after going 8-5-1 before his transfer. They wound up earning a second straight appearance in the SUNYAC championship game before losing to arch-rival Plattsburgh in overtime.
Despite his success, Potter says head coach Ed Gosek told him he did not have a guaranteed spot on the 2009-10 roster at Oswego State. The coaching staff had grown concerned over a persistent cramping problem that had caused Potter to leave two games during his run with the Lakers. Potter withdrew from the college after completing classes in May. After touring the northeast as part of a summer-long hockey camp for youths, he returned home to California in August.
"The (Anaheim) Ducks had scouted me when I played juniors," said Potter. "So when I got back home I called them up and let them know if they needed me, I was around. They said they'd call if something opened up, I didn't believe them."
But on Monday, that call came. Potter will be in uniform on Wednesday night when Bakersfield hosts Ontario. He said he expects Pielmeir to get the start. Of the 15 players who left the Oswego State men's ice hockey program at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season, Potter is the only one with a spot on a professional roster.
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