When the Chase Heat make their second and final trip of the season to the Summerland Arena this coming Friday, expect the game to have a bit of ‘local flavour’.
Summerland native Jared Breitkreuz, 20, is expected to tend goal for the Heat in his return to the Summerland Arena Friday night. Breitkreuz, who came up through the Summerland Minor Hockey program, spent the 2016/17 season with his hometown Steam. In 10 appearances for Summerland during the 2016/17 season, Breitkreuz posted a. 9-0-1 record, a 1.84 goals against average and a .912% save percentage.
He began the 2017/18 season in Summerland before being dealt to the 100 Mile House Wranglers to pursue an opportunity to get some more playing time in an expanded role this past September. Shortly after his trade from Summerland to 100 Mile House, Breitkreuz got the call from the BCHL’s Merritt Centennials.
They needed an affiliate with one of their goaltenders on the injured list, and the Summerlander was the guy they wanted. Breitkreuz ended up spending almost a month with the Cents, making 2 appearances and picking up his first BCHL victory. He maintained a .913% save percentage in those two BCHL appearances.
After his return from the BCHL, Breitkreuz provided the Wranglers with a steady goaltending option along with Hayden Lyons. The return of veteran Jakob Severson, however, had Breitkreuz in a familiar spot. He was traded for the second time this season at the beginning of December, when he was acquired by the Chase Heat.
Since his arrival, he’s made five appearances for the Heat, posting a 3-2 record to go with a 3.15 goals against average, and .900% save percentage for a team that sits 2nd in their division.
Expect Breitkreuz to start Friday, while counterpart (and Top Prospects Game representative) Conor Webb will likely go Saturday night in Osoyoos.
In other news for the Summerland Steam, they’ve dipped into the local well for themselves yet again, signing ’99 born forward Brett Wilson.
Wilson, another product of Summerland Minor Hockey, was an affiliate player for the Steam during the 2016/17 season. He caught on with the North Okanagan Knights to start this season, playing 17 games in Armstrong before joining the Steam just prior to January 10th. Wilson, who’s twin brother Sean played alongside him in North Okanagan, is the younger brother of former Steam Forward Kendell Wilson.
The elder Wilson, Kendell (’94) still holds the franchise record for regular season appearances by a skater with 170.
Brett comes to the Steam looking to add a little grit to the forward group. He possesses good size, moves well for how big he is, and is steady on the puck. He’ll be a guy that will get in on the forecheck and use his body to cause other teams’ defencemen a whole world of problems, which is something to look forward to.
Wilson played his first game as a member of the Summerland Steam last Sunday in Oliver, and is expected to be available to Head Coach John Depourcq this weekend when the team hosts Chase on Friday and travels to Kelowna on Saturday night.
Puck drop on Friday goes at 7:30pm, with pre-game starting on playfullscreen.com at 7:15pm with myself and Joel Barg.