By Dan Hickling
PORTLAND, Maine – Trying to converse with Portland Pirates goalie Kirk Daubenspeck in his dressing room stall after games can be something of an adventure.
Not that the 30-year-old veteran from the University of Wisconsin isn’t co-operative. Quite the contrary.
It’s just that it’s hard to strike up a meaningful chat over all that racket, the sort that fills the room and spills into the hallways after Pirate wins.
And there have been plenty of those since Daubenspeck came aboard without fanfare back on Jan. 28.
“You’ve got to make that big save, and hopefully the guys can feed off that, because that’s all I can do,” yelled Daubenspeck above the din after backstopping Portland to a 5-1 win over the Providence Bruins on Feb. 26.
“I can’t score goals. I can’t lay a big hit out there. All I can do is my job, and give the guys a chance.”
Give a chance, get a chance. Daubenspeck is certainly making the most of his.
Regarded as little more than a journeyman throughout his eight year professional career, Daubenspeck has drawn meal money from 10 different minor league clubs, most of them in the ECHL.
This year began no differently, as Daubenspeck returned for his fourth stint with the South Carolina Stingrays, where he was solid but not necessarily spectacular.