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Daniel McCarthy is shown during a Western Kings practice in this undated photo.
KANATA, ONT. â Daniel McCarthy got his chance to patrol the crease, but things didnât 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 Tuesdayâs 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 wasnât the night McCarthy was hoping to have. Earlier in the day, he had told The Western Star that heâs 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 wonât know the verdict until he has an MRI done.
âLike you try and play your best because you donât know how many chances you get to play backing up so far, and something like that happens is bad luck, but hopefully Iâll look forward to next year and get a shot somehwere. Whether itâs up here or wherever, Iâhope this kind of donât end it all.â
He will be consulting with doctors to find out whatâs in store for the future.
âI still got to find out whatâs definitely wrong with my knee,ââhe said, noting he will be talking to the coaching staff soon to see what he does for now. âIf I can play and it not affect my knee Iâll play, but if itâs going to do damage I donât see myself playing.â
He was dealing with discomfort and pain, but heâs 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. â Daniel McCarthy understands how important it is to have the No. 1 guy on his game when it really matters most.
Thatâs why heâs 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.
âWeâre a few points out of a playoff position soâI guess it would be tough to throw me in there and give me a bunch of starts,ââhe said. âItâs kind of tough where I havenât played in the league throughout the year.â
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, itâs somebody else with the opportunity to turn things around and he fully understands how it works.
âIâm working hard in practice and Iâve gotten better since doing that so itâs a good experience,ââhe said of his role as a back-up. âBeing 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.â
McCarthyâs only start ended in a 4-2 loss to the Cumberland Grad with an empty-net goal clinching the win for the opposing side.
âI played really well. One of the better games I played. We just couldnât find a way to score,â he said.
Now, itâs 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 heâd 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, heâs been around sports long enough to know anything is possible.
âYou donât want to build yourself up to think weâre going to make the playoffs and feel bad when we donât but weâre seven points out,ââhe said. âWe got to win a lot of games and teams have to start losing a lot of games, but stranger things have happened.â
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 itâs a matter of him being asked to come back in August for training camp, heâs been having a blast and wants to prove his mettle whenever his time comes.
âItâs tough to keep giving me starts when we need wins,âhe said.