File photo Qualicum Beach’s Connor LaCouvee, who played goaltender for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCHL, made a second appearance in the American Hockey League after he was loaned by his ECHL team to the Laval Rocket.

Qualicum Beach goalie LaCouvee joins top farm club of the Montreal Canadiens

Young backstop picks up win in first game with Laval Rocket

Qualicum Beach goaltender Connor LaCouvee truly had a very Merry Christmas.

The 24-year-old former B.C. Hockey League netminder made an impressive debut with the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket, helping take down league leaders Charlotte Checkers 4-2 on Friday night.

The 24-year-old LaCouvee, who played in the BCHL for the Cowichan Valley Capitals and Alberni Valley Bulldogs, was loaned by his ECHL team, the Maine Mariners, to the Rocket just after Christmas when the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens recalled Laval goalie Michael McNiven to replace injured star Carey Price.

LaCouvee drove to Laval and on Dec. 27 was told he was starting for the Rocket against the Checkers and he did not disappoint. In his inaugural game with the Rocket, he made 22 saves in the 4-2 win, his first in the AHL. He also earned the second-star honours.

RELATED: Qualicum Beach goalie one step away from NHL

One of the highlights of LaCouvee’s performance in his Rocket debut was a remarkable save just before the second intermission.

This is LaCouvee’s second stint in the AHL this season. In November, he was loaned to the Vancouver Canucks affiliate team, the Utica Comets, Oct. 29, where he played three games, making one start. LaCouvee posted a 2.87 goals-against average and nm .877 save percentage.

In the ECHL, LaCouvee was responsible for the first two wins in Mariners franchise history, as he defeated the Newfoundland Growlers Oct. 21 and the Manchester Monarchs on Oct. 24.

Following his stint with the Comets, LaCouvee returned to the Mariners on Nov. 21 and picked up two wins at Manchester (Dec. 1 and Dec 22) with a pair of losses at Newfoundland and Adirondack in between.

The Mariners signed LaCouvee out of Minnesota State-Mankato, where he finished his NCAA career with a 1.80 GAA and a .914 SV%. He also spent three seasons with Boston University.

The Mariners signed former Boston Bruin Hannu Toivonen to take LaCouvee’s spot on the active roster.

NEWS Staff/Mariners report

Just Posted

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

B.C. salmon farms challenge activists’ demands for site closures

News reporting also unfair, inaccurate and distorted

Horgan frustrated as Transport Canada mandate for BC Ferry riders returns

Transport Canada reinstates rule that bans passengers from lower decks

NDP solution to homelessness is to ‘warehouse’ people: BC Liberal leader

Andrew Wilkinson made a campaign stop in Campbell River and was asked about homelessness

Victoria Humane Society takes revenue hit after donation bins vandalized

Organization removes clothing donation bins after contents removed, scattered

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

Search suspended for Indigenous elder last seen mushroom picking in northwest B.C.

Mushroom picker Thomas (Tommy) Dennis has been missing since Sept. 16

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

Pedestrian dies in motor vehicle incident along the highway near Nanaimo Airport

Police investigating scene where 37-year-old woman from Nanaimo died

B.C. VOTES 2020: Few solutions offered for ‘out of control’ camping

B.C. Liberals, NDP spend millions as problem keeps growing

Parksville pedestrian airlifted to hospital in Vancouver after nighttime collision

Police report man’s injuries were ‘significant’ but not life-threatening

Most Read