|photo credit: Michael Dineen/UAA Athletics|
Former UAA Seawolves goalie Nathan Lawson will get his first NHL game between the pipes tonight when he starts for the New York Islanders against the Phoenix Coyotes at Nassau Coleiseum (3PM Alaska Standard Time).
In three years for UAA from 2004-2007, Nathan had a .906 save percentage for the Seawolves. He was the WCHA Rookie of the Year with a .914 save percentage in his first season. Lawson not only delighted Anchorage fans with his athletic style and puck-handling abilities but his pregame ritual which included dousing himself with a bottle of water at the bench.
Congratulations and best of luck tonight Nathan. For a streaming link of his debut click here. And here's a link to a story on the NYI website. And smart money would be betting that Justin Bourne who is an Islanders fan (obviously) and currently in NY will have some sort of feature tomorrow.
If there was a UAA goalie that wanted to score a goal more than Lawson, I don't know his name. I remember a game (I think against North Dakota) that UAA led late and that they had pulled their goalie. There was significant pressure being applied and at some point the puck squirted to the front of the crease and onto Lawson's stick. I can't say they did for sure, but I know Nathan's eyes must have gotten as big as saucers at seeing the brief opening to the empty net. He corralled the puck quickly and launched a perfect shot. Unfortunately it was blocked. But only by a very stellar and very aware defensive play.
Not my only memory of course, just a fun one because I can still see the play in my head.