The Summerland Steam Junior Hockey Club is proud to announce the signing of 1999-born goaltender Max Sidelnik. A native of Lake Balboa, California, Sidelnik arrives in Summerland via the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL. In 11 appearances for Estevan, the 18-year old posted an 8-2 record with a 3.93 Goals Against Average and an .880% Save percentage.
Prior to his time in the SJHL, Sidelnik spent the 2016/17 season with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks U18 team, posting a 2.45 GAA and .911% Sv% in 11 appearances.
“We’re very excited to have Max join our club,” Said Steam GM Mike Rigby, “He’s a very talented goaltender that we hope can join us, buy into our program and help balance out the work load as we head down the stretch.”
When asked about the style Sidelnik seems to like to play, Rigby added “He moves well. He’s in the right position to make the saves he needs to make, and we’re excited to see what he can bring to our club as we speed towards the playoffs.”
Sidelnik has already played is first game in black, red, and white, as he made 32 saves in a losing effort against the Osoyoos Coyotes on December 29th, just his second full day with the club.
📸 Jen Jensen Photography / Osoyoos Coyotes
He joins the Steam as they now try to chase the Coyotes for the top spot in the division. The loss last Friday saw Summerland slip to 2nd place in the division, the first time this season they haven’t had at least a share of the top spot.
With the addition of Sidelnik to the roster, Summerland says goodbye to goaltender Owen Petten. Petten, an 18-year old from Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland, played just five games in Summerland colours this season as the backup to Steam starter Matt Huber. Petten went 3-1 in his five appearances, posting a 2.72 Goals Against Average and a .917% Save Percentage during his time with the Steam.
“Owen is a great young man and a guy that will be missed in our dressing room,” Rigby said, “He’s a good goaltender and we are hoping that together we can find him a place where he’ll get some more opportunities to play more minutes as he progresses with his hockey career. On behalf of the Steam organization, we would like to thank Owen for his hard work, great attitude, and his time spent with us both on the ice and in the community.”
Sidelnik, who played his first game last Friday, is expected to be in the lineup again on January 4th when the Steam host the Princeton Posse at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. Matt Huber is expected to start that contest and when he does, he’ll break a Steam franchise record for minutes played, currently held by his older brother Brett. The younger Huber needs just eight minutes of action to tie his big bro, and nine minutes to break the record. He’s also closing in on Brett’s franchise record for games played (92), needing just three more appearances to tie and four to take the record for himself.
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