Coach stays mum on goalies

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

Inquiring minds want to know. It's like the next game's starting pitcher in baseball. But head coach Dale Hunter says everyone will have to wait again until game time tonight to learn who's in goal for the London Knights against the Kitchener Rangers in Game 2 of the OHL Western Conference final.

"The goalies know. That's all that's important," Hunter said yesterday. He said there is no real reason for the change in policy after the Knights had always been forthcoming and naming the starter the day before a game during the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Adam Dennis played Game 1 on Thursday night, which the Knights won 3-2.

Prior to the game, goalie coach Dave Rook said the thinking was to alternate and that the team would "likely" be going with Gerald Coleman tonight. But moments after, Hunter said "that plan might change."

Hunter wouldn't say yesterday whether it has.

"It's unusual to have two No. 1 goalies," he said. "Usually you have just one guy, so it's never a question (of who's going to start) at this time of the year."

Dennis said he and Coleman have grown accustomed to the situation.

"When it comes to playoff time, you can't really control when you're going to play. It's just that when you get in, you want to make sure it's a quality start.

"In the situation we're in, I think both Gerald and I have to be prepared to start every night. (And) whatever the coaches' decision is, we have to respect that.

"And I think they've done a good job so far."


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