At the beginning of the season, the Idaho Steelheads goalie situation seemed obvious.
Tyler Beskorowany was the veteran who had just spent a year in the American Hockey League. Josh Robinson was the rookie, a bit of an unknown factor.
Everyone kind of expected Tyler to be the No. 1, with Josh backing him up, coach Brad Ralph said.
A little more than a month into the season, the story has changed.
Beskorowany sits at 4-4-1 and hasnt consistently shown the solid play that earned him ECHL goalie of the month honors while he was playing with Idaho in 2011.
Robinson, however, has been a revelation. The 22-year-old out of Michigan Tech is 6-0-1 after Idahos 2-1 victory over the Alaska Aces on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Arena. He stopped 30-of-31 shots in the win, which moved Idaho (10-4-2) into a first-place tie with Alaska (11-5-0) in the Mountain Division.
Robinson came into the game ranked fifth in the ECHL in save percentage (.920), and was named the leagues goalie of the week after winning his first two starts in Colorado.
Coming into the season, all I really focused on was winning games, Robinson said. I dont count how many shots I have (faced) or how many saves or how many goals. I just go out there and win the game every night.
And win games he has.
Hes put the work in, and I think its reflecting in his numbers, Ralph said. Hes got a great attitude. Attitude is everything at this level, and hes the first player here and he does extra work after practice.
That work ethic, combined with his results, earned him a short call-up to the Texas Stars of the AHL.
I think they recognize that hes done extremely well here, Ralph said.
He didnt see any game action, but he did suit up as a backup for one game and participated in practices and spent some time one-on-one with Dallas Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley.
Add it up, and the experience will make Robinson that much more confident when the chance to play in a Stars uniform arises.
Confidence is so huge in hockey, said Robinson, who is under contract with Texas. I feel great. I know I can play at this level, and the next level, too.
GAME NOTES: Jacob Cepis and Austin Smith scored Idahos goals. Alaska had three players on the ice with NHL experience. Combined, Scott Gomez, Nate Thompson and Joey Crabb have played more than 1,450 NHL games. All were born in Anchorage. Idaho plays its next five games at home.