North Dakota Freshman Goalie Remains Sidelined
Highly-Touted Tomek Hopes to Compete for No. 1 Spot
by Joshua Seguin/Staff Writer
PORTLAND, Maine North Dakota freshman goalie Matej Tomek, a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in this year's NHL Draft, is expected to miss another week or two with a lower body injury.
Tomek was expected to compete for the opening in goal left by Zane McIntyre's offseason departure for the pros. Tomek, however, was battling the unspecified injury most of the summer.
That leaves sophomore Cam Johnson for now. Johnson put up a .935 save percentage in this weekend's Ice Breaker Tournament.
Tomek is just getting back to skates but has yet to have full practice with this team.
"The first step for him is to get healthy and to have full time practices," new North Dakota coach Brad Berry said. "We are going to take it a step at a time and see where that is at. As far as a timeline, I think it would be week to week from now. I don't think it will be long-term."
Tomek did not travel to Maine for the Ice Breaker and has just begun to practice on his own.
"The one thing you always want in your program is having two strong goaltenders," Berry said. "We will see what happens. Cam had a strong showing this weekend."
Johnson had a shaky start to the first game, allowing two quick goals and another that was disallowed in the first 5 minutes, 47 seconds against Lake Superior State. He had entered the season with just two games of experience, a 5.54 GAA and .765 save percentage. But in the last 119 minutes of the tournament, he allowed just one goal on 38 shots.