Cellar or not, goaltender Aaron Mercer believes his game is improving at Notre Dame

Dave Kearsey dkearsey@thewesternstar.com
Published on January 10, 2017

Pasadena native Aaron Mercer is making the most out of life as a busy No. 1 goalie for the Notre Dame Argos AAA midget team after winning the top goalie award and league championship last year with the Notre Dame Hounds AAA bantam hockey team.

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Aaron Mercer won the top goalie award and league championship in his rookie season at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, so he knows what it takes to win.

But this winter, he’s finding out what it’s like to lose as the No. 1 puckstopper with the Notre Dame Argos of the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League.

The Argos sit in the cellar in the eight-team Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League that also features the Notre Dame Hounds, the other AAA midget squad based out of Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Sask.

“You just have to adjust to it and try your best,” Mercer said of the tough season the Argos have had this winter.

Mercer said it’s a far cry from the excitement of last season where he played solidly between the pipes on a team that was expected to do well, but he’s been busy in the crease facing an average of 40 shots per game and considers himself a better goalie because of the workload.

He knows a positive attitude can go a long way when a team is trying to string a few wins together, so he’s trying to be a leader with hopes of keeping his team in games and getting a few breaks here and there to move out of the cellar.

“You just have to try your best every single game,” Mercer said. “You have to put the past behind you, and focus on what’s ahead.”

His ultimate goal is to find his way to the college hockey ranks when the season is over, and there appears to be a fair number of teams both in Canada and the United States who are trying to lure him away from Notre Dame, so he believes things are going in his favour despite what the standings reflect.

“It feels good because you’re getting what you asked for and you get to experience better options for your hockey career,” Mercer said.

He’s all business in the crease. He only wants to stop pucks to help his team win and that’s all he can focus his energy on because that’s the one thing he has some say in, no matter how tough the challenge is the rest of the way.