Johnstown Tomahawks goaltender Colin DeAugustine didn’t play in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime shootout win against Springfield.
But DeAugustine did receive an important call after the game at the War Memorial.
The Youngstown Phantoms called up DeAugustine to the United States Hockey League and coach Jason Spence said indications are the 18-year-old prospect might be there the remainder of the season.
“He has two wins with us in three games,” Spence said. “He’s young, a ’95 (birth year). He gets along with everyone and he’s a great teammate. He picks everybody up.
“They say goal goalies are different, and you have to be a little bit different to stand in front of a 100 mile an hour puck coming at you,” Spence added. “But Collin is as normal of a kid as I’ve ever met who plays goal.
“I think he’ll be great at that level because he does not stop competing. He never quits.”
DeAugustine was 2-2-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .875 save percentage.
“That’s what we’re trying to do,” Tomahawks President Richard Bouchard said. “That’s part of the program to get them up to the next level.”
DeAugustine, a prospect previously from the Pittsburgh Elite U18 team in the MWEHL, was upbeat after hearing the news.
“I know their starter is hurt. When I get there, I might be starting,” DeAugustine said. “I really like Johnstown but this is a higher league and what you shoot for.
“I’m going to miss everybody. We’re a real close group of guys. This happens. I’m going to have to make new friends. I’m happy to move up.”
The Tomahawks have goaltenders Alex Okicki, who has won four straight games, and Brett Young, a prospect previously from the Little Caesars U18 team in the HPHL.