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Daniel McCarthy is shown during a Western Kings practice in this undated photo.
KANATA, ONT. ‚ÄĒ Daniel McCarthy got his chance to patrol the crease, but things didn‚Äôt exactly turn out in his favour.
The Corner Brook native suffered a knee injury Tuesday night that may keep him on the sidelines for the balance of the Canadian Central Hockey League with the Kanata Lasers.
Limited to just one game since joining the Lasers, McCarthy was thrust into the crease during Tuesday‚Äôs game against the Cornwall Colts with the team trailing 3-0.
McCarthy was injured when a Colts forward crashed the net and drove one of the Laser defenders into an unsuspecting goalie who ended up at the bottom of the pile with a couple of players on him.
It wasn‚Äôt the night McCarthy was hoping to have. Earlier in the day, he had told The Western Star that he‚Äôs enjoying life with his new team and hopes to get his chance to play again at some point even though the team was trying to make a push to earn a playoff berth.
He was pretty upset after a visit to see a chiropractor who believes he has a torn MCL (Medial collateral ligament) and cartilage in his right knee, but won‚Äôt know the verdict until he has an MRI done.
‚ÄúLike you try and play your best because you don‚Äôt know how many chances you get to play backing up so far, and something like that happens is bad luck, but hopefully I‚Äôll look forward to next year and get a shot somehwere. Whether it‚Äôs up here or wherever, I‚Äąhope this kind of don‚Äôt end it all.‚ÄĚ
He will be consulting with doctors to find out what‚Äôs in store for the future.
‚ÄúI still got to find out what‚Äôs definitely wrong with my knee,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said, noting he will be talking to the coaching staff soon to see what he does for now. ‚ÄúIf I can play and it not affect my knee I‚Äôll play, but if it‚Äôs going to do damage I don‚Äôt see myself playing.‚ÄĚ
He was dealing with discomfort and pain, but he‚Äôs keeping his spirits up because he knows it was just one of those things that can happen in a game.
He hopes to bounce back. Sooner rather than later.
McCarthy enjoying life with Lasers in limited role
KANATA, Ont. ‚ÄĒ Daniel McCarthy understands how important it is to have the No. 1 guy on his game when it really matters most.
That‚Äôs why he‚Äôs remaining patient as the new puckstopper with the Kanata Lasers of the Canadian Central Hockey League.
The Stallions find themselves in the thick of a playoff hunt with seven points separating them from the eighth and final playoff berth in the 12-team league.
McCarthy, who is 18, has been limited to one start since joining the team in early January to assume the No. 2 job.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre a few points out of a playoff position so‚ÄąI guess it would be tough to throw me in there and give me a bunch of starts,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs kind of tough where I haven‚Äôt played in the league throughout the year.‚ÄĚ
McCarthy provided stellar goaltending as the Western Kings captured the 2012-2013 provincial major midget hockey league crown only one year ago. He finished up the regular season with an 11-3 record before going on a spectactular playoff run where he won eight out of 10 gmaes to give the western boys the crown.
This year, it‚Äôs somebody else with the opportunity to turn things around and he fully understands how it works.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm working hard in practice and I‚Äôve gotten better since doing that so it‚Äôs a good experience,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said of his role as a back-up. ‚ÄúBeing on the ice six or seven days a week helps.Everyone in the league is a good team so practising with these guys every day makes you that much better.‚ÄĚ
McCarthy‚Äôs only start ended in a 4-2 loss to the Cumberland Grad with an empty-net goal clinching the win for the opposing side.
‚ÄúI played really well. One of the better games I played. We just couldn‚Äôt find a way to score,‚ÄĚ he said.
Now, it‚Äôs a matter of just being ready to defend the cage if the coach gives him the call and he hopes things fall into place because he‚Äôd love to see the team make the playoffs. To make it happen, he said, a lot of things would have to fall into place.
But, he‚Äôs been around sports long enough to know anything is possible.
‚ÄúYou don‚Äôt want to build yourself up to think we‚Äôre going to make the playoffs and feel bad when we don‚Äôt but we‚Äôre seven points out,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said. ‚ÄúWe got to win a lot of games and teams have to start losing a lot of games, but stranger things have happened.‚ÄĚ
Regardless of what happens, he has been told by the team that his chance will come. Whether that happens in the next three weeks during the playoff push or it‚Äôs a matter of him being asked to come back in August for training camp, he‚Äôs been having a blast and wants to prove his mettle whenever his time comes.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs tough to keep giving me starts when we need wins,‚ÄĚhe said.