Qualicum Beach’s Connor LaCouvee, who played goalie for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCHL, is currently with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League. - File photo

Qualicum Beach’s LaCouvee makes impression on Habs

Goalie currently unbeaten with top farm club of the Montreal Canadiens

Qualicum Beach’s Connor LaCouvee has made a solid impression during a brief stay with the Montreal Canadiens organization.

The goaltender, who played in the B.C. Hockey League for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Cowichan Valley Capitals, recently signed a pro tryout contract with the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket, the top farm club of the Montreal Canadiens.

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On Jan. 2, the 24-year-old backstop picked up his second win in as many starts with Laval, making 19 saves as the Rocket beat the Belleville Senators 4-2.

In his two games with Laval, LaCouvee sports a solid 2.02 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

His first win came Dec. 28, when he made 22 saves in a 4-2 win over the Charlotte Checkers 4-2.

LaCouvee 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.

His future with the Rocket remains in limbo, given the impending return of usual starter Charlie McNiven, but LaCouvee has certainly boosted his stock.

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 an .877 save percentage.

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

— NEWS Staff

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