Goaltender Matt Kostiw. Photo:

Sunday, January 10th was a big day for the Summerland Steam. Not only did they beat the Osoyoos Coyotes for the first time in nearly 700 days, they also acquired an all-star caliber goaltender.

Early in the day, Summerland Steam General Manager Gregg Wilson struck a deal with the Campbell River Storm, sending goaltender Jacob Mullen (’95) to the reigning Keystone Cup Champions in exchange for goaltender Matt Kostiw (’96). Kostiw, a native of Aurora, Ontario, was elected a VIJHL All-Star just last week.

In 19 appearances this season, the 19-year-old Kostiw carries a 15-2 record for the Storm, the VIJHL’s 2nd best team. He leaves the VIJHL with the 3rd best Goals Against Average in the league at 2.31, while also sitting 4th in the league in save percentage at .894%.

Coming from a different league, nobody in the interior seems to know too much about him, but judging by this clip provided by Storm Play-By-Play man Mark Berry, he’ll make himself known pretty fast.

As for Mullen, he leaves the Steam leading the KIJHL in Goals Against Average (1.77) and sitting third in Save Percentage (.934%) over 15 starts with the Steam. He collected 10 wins over that span. The Steam wish Jake the best with his new team and thank him for his contributions both on and off the ice during his time with the Summerland Steam organization.

Kostiw is expected to arrive in Summerland either sometime tomorrow or early on Tuesday ahead of Summerland’s next game on Tuesday, January 12th when the Princeton Posse come to town.



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