Bester Betters Oilers
For 15 years, teams with lesser goalie in their franchises, specifically teams run by guys named Shane, were jealous to see the publicity that net minders like Mike Palmateer received. But when you win five Golden Gloves, two Vezina Trophies and a William Jennings Trophies to go along with four All-Star Team selections and eight All-Star game selections, you have to understand why the media follows the future Hall of Fame goalie around.
Now that Palmateer is out of Winnipeg, many think the media hotbed of the league will pour their focus on the Jets new number one goalie Allan Bester. Bester became the team's number one goalie last season after Palmateer finally started to struggle and finished the season second in Vezina Trophy voting, which landed him a Second Team All-Star selection after posting a 32-20-7 record and 2.72 GAA / .895 save percentage. Bester has started the season off where he left off this year after two games against what one GM described as “Murderer’s Row” the Colorado Rockies and Edmonton Oilers.
Bester shone in the season opener, stopping 27 of 28 shots against the Rockies. One night later, he faced the Edmonton Oilers and stopped all 15 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season. Much credit has to go to the defensive system that coach Bobby Orr has decided to deploy this season as the team was able to hold the Oilers to just 15 shots, including only three in the final frame.
Now, after starting the season 2-0-0, Winnipeg will fly into St. Louis Friday night where Bester will face off against his mentor Mike Palmateer and the Blues.