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Mike Will completes the Flames netminding trio

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Mike Will completes the Flames netminding trio

Published at 3:56pm 17th August 2018.

Mike Will completes the Flames netminding trio and opening day roster by signing on for his 3rd season at Spectrum and his 7th Elite League stint.  The Lewes born puck stopper made it into 4 league games last season where he posted a 4.52 goals against average and an 87.4 save percentage.  Across all competitions, he iced in 332 minutes while registering 4.33 goals against and an 87.3 save rate. 

His start with the Flames came in 2016-2017 when he iced 1220 Premier League minutes while posting a 2.80 goals against average and a 90.3 save percentage.  His best contribution to that run was a 7 game playoff set when he posted a 5 win, 1 loss and 1 penalty defeat record with a 2.28 goals against average and a 92% save rate in helping the Flames to the Final 4 weekend. 

The 30 year old joined the side after a pair of seasons with Cardiff Devils and another 4 ahead of that at Braehead Clan.  In 5 games with Devils in 2015-2016 Will iced 155 minutes to record a 3 win and 0 loss record with a 5.81 goals against average and an 83.3 save percentage.  In 9 tries the season prior, when they banked the Challenge Cup, the former Slough Jet averaged 3.20 goals against and held a 90.0 save percentage. 

"I am really happy to be back with the Flames for the upcoming season,” offered Will.  “I am looking forward to building on what we started last year with a special group of guys, and also meeting my new team mates in just over a week."

After an early taste of EPIHL hockey with the Jets, and a handful of English National League starts with Slough Harrier Hawks, Will’s development path took him to Canada where he spent the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 campaigns with Bradford Rattlers Junior Hockey club.  He moved on to college in America for the following pair of terms at NCAA Division III outfit Morrisville State ahead of a return to the UK where he signed on in 2010-2011 for his 1st of 4 seasons with the Scottish based Clan. 

“It is great news to have Mike return to close out the plan for the goaltending group,” said Paul Dixon. “It is not easy for an athlete to never quite be sure when he will be called upon, and Mike handles it perfectly to keep himself ready to play at all times.”

“When we asked him to step in last season he played well as one might recall when we hosted Nottingham Panthers early on and picked up a home point with a Penalty defeat thanks to his 50+ save effort.”

“Last season we learned a hard lesson pretty quickly with a severe netminding injury that exposed a need for more position depth that could carry us through, and now we will start the season with 3 guys who can all come in and make some saves.”