Rochester Likes What It Sees In Shantz

By Kevin Oklobzija
Staff Writer
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Copyright 2009 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

When warm-ups began Saturday in Binghamton, the Rochester Americans didn’t have a goalie healthy enough to play.

At least one under the age of 32 and under contract.

Mike Brodeur was back in Rochester nursing an abdominal strain, Tyler Plante was on the ice but seriously hampered by a tender shoulder, and the emergency call-up hadn’t arrived from Dayton, Ohio.

Goalie coach Bob Janosz was the only healthy goalie in pads, but his last pro season was 2000-01, so there was no way he was playing against the Senators.

When David Shantz finally showed up at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena about 10 minutes into warm-ups, leaving him just enough time to get dressed for the game, coach Benoit Groulx wasn’t sure what to expect.

What he watched was Shantz, a third-year pro, play what was possibly his best game in the American Hockey League.

Shantz made 50 saves, though the Amerks lost 3-2 in a shootout when they couldn’t protect a late lead because of penalties.

“Quite honestly I haven’t seen him play like this this year,” said Groulx, who will rely on Shantz again on Friday when the Amerks play Binghamton at 7:35 at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.

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