For the time being, it's still Karl Goehring's net.
That was the message from the Manitoba Moose after practice yesterday, as coach Scott Arniel commented on news that Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo suffered a setback with regards to his groin injury. The Canucks captain had been practising with the club but pulled himself off the ice after 20 minutes the other day, putting his timetable back at week-to-week and his date for return as a mystery once again.
With Cory Schneider working the Vancouver net with Curtis Sanford, the Moose have resigned themselves to the fact that the second-year netminder might not be back with them until the New Year.
"We're hearing what you're hearing," Arniel said after practice yesterday. "There's a big difference between day-to-day and week-to-week and obviously Cory is going to stay there through Christmas. We'll evaluate after the holiday break and see where they're at with (Luongo). I'm sure that this time going around that they're going to make sure he's 100%. They don't want this to drag into the second half of the year. He's never really been hurt a whole lot in his career and he probably thought it would be easier just getting right back into it.
"They're going to make sure he's 100% when he gets back into the net."
Goehring has started in seven of the eight games the Moose have played since Schneider left, and outside of a couple lapses, has been quite effective. He's 8-5 with a 2.76 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
Manitoba (18-7) starts a busy week of four games in five nights when they host the Manchester Monarchs (12-10-0-4) tonight and tomorrow at MTS Centre (both games 7:30 p.m.).
INJURY UPDATE: Defencemen Nolan Baumgartner (upper body), Maxime Fortunus (foot), and forward Olivier Labelle (upper body) did not skate with the team yesterday, while forwards Ray Sawada (leg), Greg Rallo (head) and defenceman Mark Fistric (knee) did.
Arniel said all players will be game-time decisions, with the exception of Fistric. He's still a few days away and Arniel puts him in the mix for the weekend games against Quad City.