In extended training camp action, rookie netminder Ethan Pearson has shown the ability to keep BCHL shooters at bay. (Darren Francis photo)

In extended training camp action, rookie netminder Ethan Pearson has shown the ability to keep BCHL shooters at bay. (Darren Francis photo)

Chilliwack Chiefs goalie Ethan Pearson adapting to BCHL shooters

The 18-year-old rookie is using the 2020-21 junior A season to get ready for the jump to Princeton

Ethan Pearson has yet to play his first for-real BCHL game, but he’s already taken care of a big piece of business.

The rookie goaltender has netted an NCAA scholarship with Princeton University.

The 18 year old will likely spend one season with the Chilliwack Chiefs before joining the Tigers.

“I’m very excited,” the New Brunswick product said. “The facilities are beautiful and all have a part of history towards each building. The hockey team is on the verge of great things and the academics speak for themselves. I really want to be a part of that history, and can’t wait to get started.”

But first, the young stopper gets to hone his craft staring down BCHL shooters.

READ MORE: Chilliwack Chiefs welcome back Mathieu Caron for 2020-21 BCHL season

READ MORE: Chilliwack hockey boss believes Chiefs are good enough to win BCHL title

Pearson comes to Chilliwack from Rhode Island, where he spent most of last season with Mount Saint Charles Academy, a private prep school located in the town of Woonsocket.

In 35 games he posted a microscopic 1.55 goals-against average and 92.6 save percentage.

The teenager said he faced high calibre shooting in his U18 AAA league, with the first line at Mount Saint Charles rivaling the top BCHL gunners. But the depth of BCHL lineups means every single guy from the top of a roster to the bottom can test him.

While he’s not intimidated by what BCHLers can throw at him, the degree of difficulty has gone up with the jump to junior A.

“From one to four (lines), it’s all guys who would have been on the first or second line at Mount Saint Charles,” he explained.

With the Chiefs, Pearson will share the netminding duties with veteran Mathieu Caron, a 20 year old in his fourth full BCHL season. It’s an interesting dynamic, with the highly-touted rookie pushing the veteran for playing time, but Pearson said ‘healthy competition’ benefits both goaltenders.

“Mathieu drives me to the rink almost every morning and we have a good bond,” Pearson said. “I’ve definitely taken some tips from him and I feel we’re both going be better because we pushed each other.

“In college we’re going to have to go through a phase where we beat out an older guy, and we’re both guys who like to put in extra work after practice or at the gym. The more he does it the more I want to do it, and I’m sure the more I do it the more he wants to do it.”

Chiefs hockey boss Brian Maloney has said it’ll be an open competition all season long between the two, which might mean a near-even split of starts.

But if the veteran gets the lions share of the workload early, Pearson is prepared to be patient and earn his playing time.

“It’s just a mind-set thing for any goalie and something you learn along the way, to stay ready as best you can,” he said. “Don’t change up much. Don’t overthink things. If you have a bad game or let in a bad goal, put it in the past and focus ahead. It’s easier said than done, but the mental game is huge for a goalie.”

So far so good for the six-foot-two and 185 pound stopper, who’s fashioned a 2.39 GAA and 89.3 SP in three ‘extended training camp’ games. His next chance might come Friday night when Chilliwack hits the road for a road game in Coquitlam.

It’ll be the first look at the defending BCHL champs, with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.


@ProgressSports
eric.welsh@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

BCHLChilliwack Chiefs

Just Posted

The Abbotsford International Airshow is back for 2021 with the ‘SkyDrive’ concept.
Abbotsford International Airshow returns for 2021 with ‘SkyDrive’

New format features a drive-in movie type experience, show set for Aug. 6 to 8

A young couple walks through the Othello Tunnels just outside of Hope. (Jessica Peters/Black Press)
Hope’s Othello Tunnels fully open to the public

Geological testing proved the area safe enough to open for the first time in more than a year

FILE
70 per cent of people aged 12 and older in Agassiz-Harrison have been vaccinated

More than 80 per cent of adults aged 50 and older have been vaccinated, as of June 10

Raeya Evie Duncan was the 100th baby born at Chilliwack General Hospital for the month of May. She is seen here with her parents Alysha Williams and Andrew Duncan on June 12, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Baby boom in Chilliwack as record number of infants born at CGH in May

‘COVID babies are coming out,’ says dad of 100th baby born at Chilliwack General Hospital last month

Agassiz Agricultural Hall hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinics every Wednesday. District officials reported more than 300 doses are administered per week. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Walk-in COVID vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday

Walk-in appointments available while supplies last from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

Most Read