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Thursday, 27 August 2015


Austin Wells
The Summerland Steam have acquired a veteran goaltender. On Thursday the Steam announced they've acquired the rights to former Castlegar Rebels and Fernie Ghostriders goaltender Austin Wells. Wells ('95) spent the 2014/15 KIJHL season with the Castlegar Rebels, posting a 3.01 GAA to go along with a 14-10 record and a .922 Sv% for the 2nd place team in the Neil Murdoch Division.

Wells, a native of Calgary, AB, joins the Steam and recent signee Matt Huber, also from Calgary, to form a goaltending tandem that on paper rivals any in the KIJHL. The two are reportedly familiar with one another, having spent time at the same training facility (Peak Power Sport Development - S.A.I.T.) in Calgary over the summer. Wells also does some additional development training with GDI based in Calgary in addition to his work at S.A.I.T.

The Steam will kick off exhibition action on Thursday, September 3rd in Kelowna against the Chiefs. They will then play Saturday, September 5th in Osoyoos before playing their only home exhibition game on Tuesday, September 8th against those same Osoyoos Coyotes.