The Chilliwack Chiefs are down to one reliable stopper after trading Mitchell Datz Wednesday.
Following a trade request, Datz was dealt to the Central Canadian Hockey League’s Brockville Braves in exchange for future considerations, leaving Aidan Pelino as the unquestioned No. 1 man in the Chilliwack net.
“There was some stuff, at home, some personal stuff going on that was the main reason for this,” said Chiefs head coach/general manager Jason Tatarnic. “I think a combination of that, and maybe seeing Pelino becoming the guy more and more, that’s why.”
Datz, from Kingston, ON., appeared in five games, winning four with a save percentage of .904 and goals-against average of 2.95.
Pelino, by contrast, had 11 appearances with a .912 SP and 2.77 GAA. He’ll be a lot busier in the near future, at least until Tatarnic finds a new backup.
Chilliwack plays in Powell River Friday, Alberni Valley Saturday and Nanaimo Sunday.
“We’ve got a few options and there’s no rush. I need to see what’s out there,” Tatarnic said. “If this was the Royal Bank Cup or Western Canadian Championships, Pelino would have to do it (play three games in three nights).”