The Summerland Steam have added ’95 goaltender Jacob Mullen to their active roster ahead of Friday night’s divisional tilt with the Kelowna Chiefs. Mullen, who recently returned from a brief stint with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, spent last season split between the Grand Forks Border Bruins and the Kamloops Storm. During the regular season Mullen played 28 games with the last place Border Bruins, still managing to put up a .906 sv% on a team that didn’t win a game after the middle of November. At the January trading deadline, Mullen was traded to the Kamloops Storm where he posted a 2.10 GAA and .925 sv% in 11 regular season starts.
In the playoffs, the 20 year old netminder posted a 2.34 GAA and a .926 Sv% with the Storm, marching through to the league final. In that league final it was battle of the goaltenders, as Mullen went head to head with Tyson Brouwer of the Kimberley Dynamiters. The Storm came up 2 wins short of the KIJHL championship as a result, and Mullen was their star during the playoffs.
The Steam hope that Mullen, a native of Coeur D’Alene, ID, can step in and form a platoon with goaltender Matt Huber. Huber has performed admirably and has seen a heavy workload in the past two weeks after the departure of Austin Wells, and the addition of Mullen should make the Steam a better team.