Maple Leafs’ Woll Stands Tall in Team USA Net vs. Slovakia
First came the China Wall, the nickname of legendary Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower.
And on Wednesday night, Toronto fans were treated to a first-hand introduction of the Brick Woll — Team USA goalie Joseph Woll.
Selected in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft by Toronto this past June, the 18-year-old Boston College goaltender made his Air Canada Centre debut Wednesday night, getting the opportunity to take to the crease in the home venue of the NHL team that drafted him.
True, the Team USA puckstopper didn’t have to carry his team to victory over the Slovaks, who were thoroughly outplayed for a second consecutive night en route to a 5-2 loss to the Americans in preliminary round action at the 2017 world junior hockey championships.
Having said that, he was far busier against the Slovaks than goalie Connor Ingram had been 24 hours earlier in Canada’s 5-0 victory against the same opponent.