Hockey: Josh Unice is indeed joining Western

Lakehead has added three former CHL forwards since the OUA went on exam break, so it would only follow Western would airlift in a goalie.

The speculation has been borne out: Josh Unice, who was on back-to-back OHL championship teams, has joined the No. 3 Mustangs, who coincidentally have the Thunderwolves in for a two-game series starting Friday.

There was quite a bit of discussion on this site over how big a recruiting coup Unice would be for the No. 3-ranked Mustangs. The on-paper with him is that he was a third-round draft choice of the Chicago Blackhawks, member of the U.S. world junior team, part of back-to-back OHL championship teams. The "however" part is that he was on stacked teams and was not necessarily a money goalie. He was the backup for the Windsor Spitfires during their win in the 2009 Memorial Cup. He had just-OK numbers(.897 save percentage, 2.66 GAA) for Kitchener in the 2008 tourney and was also party to the Rangers getting extended to Game 7 in the OHL final after taking a 3-0 lead over the Belleville Bulls.

The upshot, though, is here is another relatively high-drafted player casting his lost with CIS hockey. It's good for the profile of the sport.

Western will not have to worry about a three-goalie logjam in the short run. Anthony Grieco, the former Mississauga-St. Michaels Major, is out with a lower-body injury. Keyvan Hunt has been solid during their 14-game win streak. One wonders who ends being an odd man out.
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