Honzik's stats have been misleading, he's had 2 bad games, one coming right off of injury, but he's been getting back into form and getting better here's a story about him.
Goaltender Honzik rebounding from serious injury
Published on November 27, 2012
SYDNEY — It’s been a roller-coaster ride of a season for David Honzik, but the Czech netminder believes he’s finally getting back on the right track with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
The 19-year-old missed all of training camp and the first 18 games of the season while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. He returned to game action against his former team, the Victoriaville Tigres, on Nov. 9 in Victoriaville, Que., in a 7-1 loss. He picked up his first win of the season in a 5-3 victory over the P.E.I. Rocket at Centre 200, Nov. 14. He currently has a 1-3-0-0 record.
Honzik will be between the pipes tonight when the Screaming Eagles host the Chicoutimi Saguenéens at Centre 200 starting at 7 p.m., as he tries to help his team snap a four-game losing streak.
“Obviously, the first game in Victoriaville was very emotional for me,” said Honzik, acquired from the Tigres for a fourth-round pick in 2013. “The second game against P.E.I. was the first win as a Screaming Eagle, which was great.
“I didn’t feel like I was in my skin, but the last game against Saint John, the second and third period, I felt great and back on track, so I have to keep building on it.”
Honzik recently received another hand to help improve his game. Vancouver Canucks goaltending coach Rollie Melanson is in town this week to work with Honzik at practice.
Honzik was drafted in the third round, No. 71 overall by the Canucks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He’s happy to know that the NHL organization, despite the ongoing lockout, is checking in on its prospects.
“He’s a goalie coach in the NHL and works with Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. He worked with Carey Price as well, so whatever he says, I’ll listen,” he said.
Screaming Eagles head coach Ron Choules said his team put in a strong effort against the Mooseheads in a 4-2 loss at the Halifax Metro Centre on Friday, but will need to avoid a slow start tonight like they had against the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday at Harbour Station. Cape Breton fell behind 3-0 in the first period in a 4-1 loss.
“In Halifax, I thought we played very well and we played against those top kids who get a lot of ice time,” said Choules. “I liked their compete and battle level in that game.
“In Saint John, their big line beat us in (Jonathan) Huberdeau, (Stephen) MacAulay, (Ryan) Tesink, (Kevin) Gagné and (Pierre) Durepos. We have to know when they’re on the ice. Basically, for 10 minutes, that was the game. They got up two and a turnover at the end of the period really hurt us.”
Following tonight’s game, the Screaming Eagles will host the Rimouski Oceanic on Friday at 7 p.m.
Date Team Game MINS W L GA SHA SV SV% ENA
Nov 28, 2012 Cape Breton Chi@Cap 17:56 - L 4 10 6 .600 0
Nov 24, 2012 Cape Breton Cap@SNB 60:00 - L 4 24 20 .833 0
Nov 18, 2012 Cape Breton Rou@Cap 60:00 - L 6 26 20 .769 0
Nov 16, 2012 Cape Breton SNB@Cap 7:25 - - 2 5 3 .600 0
Nov 14, 2012 Cape Breton PEI@Cap 60:00 W - 3 20 17 .850 0
Nov 9, 2012 Cape Breton Cap@Vic 34:57 - L 6 24 18 .750 0
Edited by avelanch, 30 November 2012 - 01:33 PM.