The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are down to one goaltender in Ethan Taylor after Bailey Brkin committed to Ryerson University in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA), sources tell The Puck Authority. This was first reported by Benjamin Steiner of 49 Sports.
The 21-year-old goaltender from Sherwood Park split time between the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL. During that time, he posted 17 victories, a .885 save percentage and 3.37 goals against average.
The Greyhounds will miss Brkin’s veteran present as he mentored young goaltenders Ethan Taylor as well as Nick Malik. With the uncertainty when university sports will resume, it wouldn’t shock me if we see many players decimate from their university commitments. It should be interesting to watch and keep tabs on.
Ryerson University is known for developing former OHL goaltenders, just look at last year’s roster. Garrett Forrest, former Firebirds backstop, was the starting goaltender ahead of Taylor Dupuis and posted a shutout record for the school. They also had Troy Timpano, a former goaltender for the Sudbury Wolves.
Ryerson’s third string goalie was Taylor Dupuis who played two games for the squad this season. Previously, he was an OHL staple for the Sarnia Sting just a couple years back.
Although it appears Bailey Brkin will be a backup for the Ryerson Rams, I wish him nothing but success as the backstop moves on to his post-secondary adventures.