Fretful start for Flette in nets

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

Dalyn Flette's first start for the Edmonton Oil Kings came against his former team last night at Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert.

And the first shot he faced whistled past him.

He didn't see another one for nearly 15 minutes but managed to stop it.

Flette, 17, is one of four goaltenders vying for a job with the Oil Kings. The Calgary native played 18 games with the Blazers last season, posting a 5-5-1-2 with a 3.01 goals against average, a .868 save percentage and one shutout.

Last night Flette didn't see the first shot until it was past him after CJ Stretch got hold of a loose puck in the slot 25 seconds into the game, spun and fired a shot along the ice which found the far corner.

It wasn't the start Flette nor the Oil Kings were looking for.

Flette then had to cool his heels as the Blazers didn't get another shot on goal until the 14:22 mark of the period. They finished the frame with two shots, but held a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

Flette was beaten again early in the second on the Blazers' fifth shot on goal.

While on the power play, Nixon Brock fired a shot from the top of the circle which got through Flette and tricked towards the net where Tyler Shattock poked it in.

Flette went on to face another five shots before making way for Brian Kaval midway through the period.

Flette stopped all five shots, which included one on a breakaway and another from point-blank range in the slot. He finished with eight saves on 10 shots.

Flette is one of three goaltenders on the Oil Kings roster with WHL experience. He's competing for a job with Alex Archibald, 20, and Chris Ward, 18. Archibald played with the Chilliwack Bruins last season while Ward toiled with the Portland Winterhawks.

Tommy Tartaglione, 19, who played with the Regina Pats last season was cut three days into training camp for disciplinary reasons.

Kaval, played Midget AA in Taber last season.


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