By: Alistair Burns
Grandview’s Shayan Kermany notches first win of 2023-2024 season
BURNABY WINTER CLUB – Grandview goalie Shayan Kermany provided a jaw-dropping highlight reel between the pipes when he stared down two short-handed breakaways Sept. 17.
On each rush, the veteran netminder outwaited the same opposing player: Port Coquitlam’s Robbie Toor. And on both breakaways, Toor pulled off a forehand to backhand deke – while Kermany spun and flashed his paddle – as the puck rolled wide.
‘“I think I got a little lucky there. I’m going to be completely honest,” Kermany said with a smile after the 7-2 victory. “Never been undressed so hard in my life before…thought I got a piece of the [puck] but I didn’t,” he quipped.
The 18-year-old’s performance brought a hearty salute from his teammates at the bench. This is Kermany’s third season for the Steelers. Last year, he strapped the pads on for 33 games with 21 wins and a 3.36 goals-against-average.
“Got to be good to lucky and lucky to be good,” Kermany pointed out.
Konechny shows offensive brilliance
Meanwhile, Steelers Oliver Nottingham and Luke Cox both scored their first goals of the season before teammate Steven Konechny’s powerplay marker put Grandview ahead 3-0.
Cox also provided a physical edge as he flattened Trailblazer Leo Keith with a shoulder hit at centre ice.
After Port Coquitlam’s Markus Jack put his team on the scoreboard, Nottingham fired a heads-up pass to Konechny. He streaked down the left wing and wristed a high shot past Trailblazer goalie Timur Mikhashin to send Port Coquitlam home.
“I didn’t really see it go in – but it went in and that’s all that matters,” Konechny said.
At press time, Sept. 18, the Steelers had a record of one win, one loss, and one shootout loss for a total of three points.
CCM Three Stars for Sept. 17
Third star: POCO # 9 Robbie Tour (one goal, one assist).
Second star: GRA # 11 Oliver Nottingham (one goal, two assists).
First star: GRA # 26 Steven Konechny (two goals, one assist)
Sat., Sept. 23rd – @ Pt. Moody Panthers, 7:45 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 24th – v. Ridge Meadows Flames in Burnaby Winter Club, 7:15 p.m.
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