Majors goalie's roller-coaster season

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - The relationship between head coach and goaltender can be strained at times.

Nothing could be further from the truth for Mississauga St. Michael's Majors coach Dave Cameron and JP Anderson.

The potential for strife existed when Cameron, the coach of Canada's junior team this past winter, cut Anderson at the selection camp in December.

Didn't happen, though.

"Not at all," Anderson said. "It was a fair opportunity between four guys, and I was just not good enough at the camp."

Anderson didn't mince words when he said the 2010-11 hockey season "has been quite wild."

"Definitely an eventful year," the 19-year-old Toronto native said. "There have been some ups and downs, but it has been solid throughout and a lot of fun."

Part of the joy came from signing as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks after attending training camp on an invite. Anderson, who was passed over in the 2010 NHL entry draft, was recalled to the Sharks on an emergency basis to back up Antti Niemi in a game in January against the Minnesota Wild.

And there was a fine season with the Majors, one that included an OHL-high 38 wins and a league-best 2.36 goals-against average. Anderson's six shutouts also led the OHL.

But when the Majors skate on to the ice for the Memorial Cup semifinal on Friday night, Anderson will continue to try to forget what happened at the Hershey Centre 11 nights ago, when the Owen Sound Attack won Game 7 of the OHL final versus the Majors.

"There's something still on the table," said Anderson, who made a sparkling pad save on Owen Sound's Andrew Shaw in the final minute of a 3-1 Majors win on Wednesday night. "We're not trying to look back too much or say we wanted to make a point here. We realize what's at stake."

Cameron, more than anyone, was not surprised that Anderson didn't take long to put aside the fact his coach cut him at Canada's selection camp.

"His play got him there and his play took him out of there," Cameron said. "He's a mature kid. His play talks for him."

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