The Bantam AA Tier 1 Barons recently took part in the annual Graham Tuer Bantam Challenge in Regina, a tournament featuring 32 teams from all over Saskatchewan, and even the odd team from outside the province.
The Battleford Barons finished with a 5-3-2 record after the weekend, thanks in large part to the stellar goaltending of Ty Shumanski.
Shumanski, who came on in relief for his team in their first game against Parkland, made seven saves on eight shots, a performance that would prove to be just the tip of the iceberg on the teenager’s weekend.
Following up his stellar relief effort in the first game with a start against the North Vancouver Storm in game two. Shumanski turned heads, making 43 stops on 47 shots, as the west-coast opposition from North Vancouver peppered the goal, en route to a 4-1 win for the Storm. Despite the loss, the goaltending of the Baron’s backstopper held his team in it for much of the game.
After a rest against the Melville Millionaires, it was once again “Shoo,” getting the call against the Pembina Valley Hawks. As if motivated to only better his performance from his last game, Shumanski turned in a perfect 27-save outing on the 27 shots he faced to blank the Hawks, and supply his club with a convincing 6-0 victory.
In total, the weekend saw the young netminder stop 77 of the 82 shots he faced, earning himself a sparkling .939sv% and 1.67 GAA in his three appearances, good enough to earn him Top Goaltender recognition, as well as being named to the post-tournament all-star team.
For Shumanski, who grew up 45 minutes down the road from the Battlefords, in Hafford, Sask., it was never a surprise he would get involved with sport. Shumanski grew up spending countless hours with his two older brothers Austin (19), who plays for the Battlefords North Stars of the SJHL, and Cody (16), “On the sheet of ice in the yard fighting and bonding,” as Ty puts it.
However, in contrast to his brothers, Ty has always had a passion for the goaltending position. Learning to skate at just three years old, and playing hockey by age four, it didn’t take long for Shumanski to gravitate toward the goal crease.
“I’ve always wanted to be a goalie,” Shumanski said. But despite his desire to tend the pipes, the young hockey player would have to wait until novice to get his first full-time shot in goal. It was an opportunity he was not going to pass up.
“From the first day of novice [on,] I was always a goalie,” he said.
Of course, moving between the pipes, is not always what his parents had necessarily envisioned.
“Being a parent of a goalie has to be the most stressful thing in the world, especially on his mother,” Ty’s father, Maurice Shumanski said. “You will see Jennifer usually standing alone holding her breath until the final buzzer sounds.”
The stress, however, pales in comparison to the pride Maurice and Jennifer feel, watching their son live out his dream.
“As parents, it is awesome to watch your children succeed at what they do and Ty is quite a go-getter, he strives to be better every time he touches the ice,” Maurice said.
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