The Penticton Vees went out and strengthen their goaltending tandem Monday, with the acquisition of 18-year-old Zach Driscoll from the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. To make room for Driscoll, the Vees sent 18-year-old Emilien Boily to the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.
Driscoll, who’s from Apple Valley, Minnesota, split last season with the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League and the Lancers. With the Bruins he sported a 2.19 goals-against average and owned a .920 save-percentage in 14 games. He was then acquired by the Lancers last December and picked up six wins in 18 games and had 2.86 goals-against average a .900 save-percentage; not bad for a 17-year-old in the USHL.
Driscoll is committed to St. Cloud State University for next season but he may be available to return for a second season, depending how things shake down. St. Cloud knows what they’re doing with goaltenders as they’ve had Anaheim Ducks draft pick Ryan Faragher and USHL standout Charlie Lindgren in their program recently. Driscoll comes with high praise by quite a few in the NCAA circles and was a standout in High School hockey in Minnesota.
Driscoll joins teammate Anthony Brodeur, who’s playing lights out right now and the pair make up a pretty formidable tandem. Driscoll will come in and compete for playing time and that type of competition will be great for both goaltenders; makes them better. Having two strong goaltenders has been the Vees mo in recent years, as the team has won the Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy for the past three seasons, which is given to the team with the best combined goals-against average.
Driscoll might play as soon as this weekend, as the Vees face the Merritt Centennials Friday and then bus up to Prince George on Saturday. With the travel and the quick turnaround between games, it’s likely Driscoll gets one of the two games.
Welcome to the South Okanagan Zach.