Steelheads coach Brad Ralph is having a goalie nightmare.
He lost third-year pro Pat Nagle to the Texas Stars of the AHL on Thursday. Nagle started 10 of Idahos past 11 games while Josh Robinson, the other goaltender to open the season with the Steelheads, has been in Texas.
That leaves Ralph with one active goaltender: Josh Watson, a rookie out of Rochester Institute of Technology who has started two professional games.
Im at a loss right now, Ralph said. Its difficult to project this happening.
Without any roster changes, Ralph is expected to start Watson in Sundays home game against Bakersfield.
Thursdays transaction was necessitated when Texas starter Cristopher Nilstorp was injured against the Iowa Wild on Wednesday night. Robinson relieved Nilstorp and earned a 4-3 shootout victory.
Were still waiting to get an answer from Texas, whether its a long-term or short-term situation, Ralph said. Obviously, if its long term, wed be looking to bring in another goalie.
Meanwhile, the spotlight is on Watson, who has one start with Reading (ECHL) and one with Idaho. He has a 1-1 record and an .896 save percentage after stopping 29-of-33 shots for Idaho in a 4-2 loss at Utah on Saturday. Watson allowed a goal on the first shot he faced in both of his pro starts.
He doesnt have a ton of experience, Ralph said. But we didnt give him any help with the goals that were scored on us. He made the saves he should have.