Anyone who wants to describe the term “textbook goaltender” is probably talking about some fantasy tale. There are as many ways to play the net as there are those willing to fill it, which is to say, “If it feels good, do it.”
Or maybe, “Don’t mess with success,” which is the story being crafted by Brockport freshman netminder Jared Lockhurst.
Lockhurst took hold of a crease vacated by graduated goalie Oliver Wren and has already established himself as one of the SUNYAC’s most prolific puck stoppers.
So far, he’s stopped pucks by the bushelful, 204 of them (out of 219 shots leveled at him). That includes the 42 saves he pulled off in his college debut, a 4-2 win over Buffalo State.
“I’ve got a (few) games under my best,” said Lockhurst, who hails from Caledon, Ont. “I’m starting to get a good feel for it.”
Indeed he is.
“He’s a quality goaltender,” said Golden Eagles coach Brian Dickinson. “When we recruited him, we knew he would have a chance to compete for the job. The door got open for him, and he’s kind of slammed it shut. He’s been outstanding in every game he’s played.”
No more so, perhaps than Friday’s nonconference clash with Hobart, when the No. 6 Statesmen fired 48 shots at him and had to settle for a 2-2 tie.