1. Heeter’s Potential
No, his stat line for this weekend does not look good. He let in six goals in six periods (the Admirals final goal was an empty netter). However, he did show some potential. The 25 year old goaltender saved the first game for the Phantoms. With a few minutes left in the first period, the Phantoms were being outshot 9-2 and the score was 0-0. Not only was the ice completely tilted in Heeter’s direction, but he faced at least three 2-on-1’s and stopped them all. He went on to allow one goal at the end of the period. In the second period, play was wide open with each team scoring three times. Heeter was caught out of position here and there, but he went on to shut out the hungry Admirals in the third period and earn the win. Despite a few errors, which should be expected from a young AHL goalie, Heeter was solid and seems to have formidable potential.
On the season, Heeter is 9-9 with a GAA of 2.41 and a SV% of .919. It is often said that between defensemen and goalies, confidence in one inspires confidence in the other. Even if Heeter only develops into a solid AHL goalie, he will inspire confidence in the young developing defensemen in Adirondack. If they have confidence in Heeter, they will play with confidence and better serve the organization in the future.