Jackson Whistle (left) and Michael Herringer will share the goaltending duties for the Kelowna Rockets this season.

Rockets settle on goaltenders

WHL champs keep Jackson Whistle and Michael Herringer, release Jake Morrissey

General manager Bruce Hamilton assured his Kelowna Rockets wouldn’t be carrying three goaltenders this season.

This week, the club made that official by giving 18-year-old netminder Jake Morrissey his outright release.

That leaves the defending Western Hockey League champs with 20-year-old Jackson Whistle and Michael Herringer, 19, to tend to the Rockets’ net in 2015-16.

“I have to commend all three of those guys for their patience, it’s good that we’ve been able to put an end to the speculation and settle on our two guys,” said Rockets assistant and goaltending coach Travis Crickard.

“Both Jackson and Michael are excited about each having a net to themselves in practise, they’re each going to get more reps and I’m going to be able to spend more time with them.

“We’re excited,” added Crickard, “we think we’ve got the best tandem in the league.”

Herringer, a free agent, was listed by the club early last season—joining Whistle and Morrissey—to provide insurance for the Rockets in what would turn out to be a successful run to the league championship.

Whistle carried the load, playing in 50 regular season games, winning 34 and posting a 2.55 goals against average.

The West Kelowna product went on to a 13-2-1 playoff record, before leading the Rockets to the Memorial Cup final last May in Quebec City.

Herringer, from Comox, went 11-2 in 14 games, posting a 2.33 goals against average, but was even more impressive in the post season in going 3-0 with a 1.96 goals against average.

Morrissey, from Calgary, was the Rockets fifth round choice in the 2012 WHL bantam draft. Last season, he played in 11 games, posting an 8-1-0-1 record and 1.98 GAA.