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Jake Paterson makes one of 36 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Windsor Spitfires Nov. 23 at the WFCU Centre. (Photo by/Mitchell Brandner)
As promised, I caught up with Red Wings prospect and Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson for the second time in eight days.
Again, he was on the wrong end of the decision, but he was much better this time around. After getting yanked two periods into a 6-1 loss to the Windsor Spitfires Nov. 15, Paterson was nearly unbeatable Friday night.
He allowed just two goals on 38 shots, one of which was of the circus variety, batted in from shoulder height by Spits forward Emerson Clark.
Here’s what Jake had to say following the loss:
Rob Benneian: It went a little better for you tonight than a week ago. Feel better tonight than you did last time?
Jake Paterson: Yeah, the outcome wasn’t what we wanted it to be but we battled hard. Myself, I played better but we obviously wanted to come out with the win.
RB: Can you be doing any more out there? You made 36 saves, at some point the team has to get you some offence.
JP: Yeah, that’s out of my control. I would have liked to have the last one and send it to overtime (Trevor Murphy scored with 2:17 to play for the GWG). It’s unfortunate we didn’t get the win.
RB: Are you used to facing this many shots?
JP: We’ve got a young team so shots are to be expected. It’s something I don’t think about too much, I just try to play the way I play and keep them out of the net. There’s nothing I can do about it.
RB: Growing up did you face a lot of traffic like this?
JP: In minor hockey I played on a pretty dominant team. I still got a fair amount of shots, but obviously not like tonight. I never really think about how many shots I’m getting, wins and losses are what count.
RB: Do you like the extra work load? Does it help you stay in the game more?
JP: Yeah when you’re getting lots of shots it helps you to stay focused, it helps you stay in the game more.
RB: You mentioned last week you like to handle the puck, get involved with the play. Even during breaks in play, you’re skating out of the crease to the top of the circles. Are you thinking about anything particular, blanking your mind, anything?
JP: I did it one time last year and we came out with the win, so I’ve stuck with the routine and I’ve been doing it ever since.
RB: Do you have a pre-game routine?
JP: Nothing too superstitious, usually just a pre-game meal and a nap and head down to the rink.
RB: What’s the meal?
JP: Usually pasta. Chicken pasta.
RB: What’s the deal with your number? (Jake wears #57)
JP: There was a goalie who played for the Mississauga IceDogs back when I was a kid, Dave Shantz (second round pick of the Florida Panthers in ’04), he wore 57. I was looking for a number and I looked up to him so I just kinda threw it on and stuck with it.