In our last episode, you may recall that Jeremy Smith was removed from the game in the last minute with what could only officially be described as a ‘lower body injury’. With the Admirals playing again tonight in Rosemont, they needed to find another goalie and get him to Rosemont quick.
That goalie is going to be former Peterborough Pete (and former Austin Watson teammate) Andrew D’Agostini.
I don’t know if he is going to be the long term answer if Smitty is out for an extended period of time, but he’ll do for today at least.
D’Agostini had just signed an ATO with the Cyclones in the ECHL earlier this month, after his junior season concluded.
Peterborough hasn’t been very good for awhile. They have finished in 9th (out of 10 teams) in their conference the last three seasons, missing the playoffs. Perhaps the Watson crew that reads this blog can elaborate on why the Petes weren’t so good (was it goaltending? Lack of defense? Lack of scoring? All of the above?). Depending on what their biggest issues were, his counting stats may not accurately tell the story of his talent. Or they might. D’Agostini sported a four year record of 46-64-9, with his best save percentage and goals against average coming this year: .911 and 3.24.
He did win the Dan Snyder Trophy as humanitarian of the year in the OHL in 2012, so that’s pretty cool. And in 2011, he won the Ivan Tenant Award for high school scholastic player of the year.
D’Agostini has suited up for one game with the Cyclones so far. Last Saturday, he appeared in relief, playing just the final 20 minutes of a 5-1 loss to the Florida Everblades. He surrendered one power play goal on five shots in that game.
So welcome to the AHL. Important safety tip, though: The bench doors at Allstate Arena? Their correct operation is very important. Or else, crazy stuff like this happens. (video credit: Wolfkeeper) Be advised.