By Dave Leaderhouse
Red Deer College obviously like what the Estevan Bruins are doing in developing their players for a post-secondary career.
The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference entry announced earlier this week that Bruins’s netminder Nathan Alalouf has committed to join the Kings next fall making it three current members off the Estevan roster who will be in Central Alberta next season.
Alalouf will join Estevan captain Lynnden Pastachak and Jason Miller, along with Notre Dame’s Tyler Podgorenko, at Red Deer College once his junior career is over, but he is hoping he has plenty of hockey left before that move takes place as the Bruins open their best-of-seven semi-final series with the Battlefords North Stars on Friday.
The 20-year-old Alalouf, who hails from Delta, B.C., has played two seasons in Estevan with this past campaign seeing him get in 29 games and winning 16 of those en route to helping the Bruins claim the Viterra Division banner. Alalouf had a 3.05 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in the regular season, but he has improved on those numbers significantly in the post-season as he had a 2.20 GAA and .933 save percentage in starting all five games against the Yorkton Terriers in the quarter-final round.
Prior to coming to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Alalouf spent a season with the Richmond Sockeyes of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League and the majority of another campaign with Osoyoos of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
The Bruins play the first two games of the semi-final round in the Battlefords on Friday and Saturday before returning to Estevan for Games three and four on Monday and Tuesday.