Stars’ Goaltender Dan Black Sets and Ties Record – by C. Scott Holland
St. Thomas Stars’ goaltender Dan Black certainly has Sarnia’s number!
The netminder chalked up his fourth shutout of the season on Friday night at home vs the Legionnaires to go into the record books as the Stars’ single season record holder for shutouts. He tops the three which Steve Bryce had in 2002/03 and Jake McCracken who turned the feat of having three in 1995/96.
The other Stars’ netminders with four shutouts to their career credit are his fellow teammate Nikolas Dampier (2013/14-2015/16) and Sault Ste. Marie’s Bryan Bertoncello who tabbed his four from 1994/95-1996/97.
Of Black’s four shutouts, three have come against Sarnia. His shutouts began with 4-0 win at home vs the Legionnaires on Oct. 30, 2015, then he won a 9-0 decision in St. Marys on Nov. 20 and on Dec. 19 in a game at Sarnia blanked the Legionnaires 3-0. This latest 2-0 whitewashing of Sarnia was his second of the campaign at home.
St. Thomas’ Adam Truax supplied the only goal Black would need to gain the victory when Truax cashed in his shot at 6:59 of the first frame. Ethan Nother scored into an empty-net at 19:49 to seal the win. Black made 29 saves to record the shutout.
(photo credit – Dan Hickling)
C. Scott Holland is an accomplished author, a former Western Jr. B Hockey League statistician and is recognized as the West Conference’s and GOJHL’s historian. A lifelong resident of Leamington Scott was a journalist for the now defunct Leamington Post for 26 years and currently writes for the Southpoint Sun. Among the books he has authored are: 75 Years: A History of the Leamington and Erie Shores Golf Course; A Century In The Making – History of Heinz Canada 1909-2009; Leamington Flyers 1992/93-2011/12 Platinum Anniversary Special Program; the Western Jr. B Record Book 2003/04 and 2005/05 editions; as well as updates of both the West Conference and GOJHL Record Books. He was been a member of he Leamington Jr. Flyers hockey club for the last 27 years and served many years as a board member, statistician, press box announcer, and scorekeeper among other duties. He has been named the West Conference Volunteer of Year and a Windsor-Essex Sportsperson of Year award. He resides in Leamington with his wife Susan.