Battle Of The Great Stick Saves: Roloson vs. High School Kid (Videos)

In the Red corner we have Tampa Bay goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who made this incredible diving stick save after the puck deflected off the skate of his own defenseman during last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.  The save helped keep the game scoreless with over five minutes remaining in the first period.  Roloson and the Lightning would eventually lose the game 3-2 in a shootout.

And in the blue corner we have the goaltender from Williamsville North High School, who made this unbelievable diving stick save during the New York State semi-finals.  With only 10 seconds remaining in the game and his team up by a goal, a member of the opposing team found himself with the puck on his stick and an empty net lying only inches away.  It appeared as though he would send this game into overtime, until a diving stick save foiled that plan and preserved the win for Williamsville.

So which save is better?  Upon first glance, what strikes me about both saves is the fact that they are not like your typical diving saves, where the goalie simply throws his body across the net and prays that the puck hits him.  Instead, both goalies in this case were forced to find the puck and react accordingly, using some rather impressive hand-eye coordination to prevent the goal.

With that being said, I’m going to have to go with the high schooler’s save as a result of its magnitude.  Roloson’s came with five minutes remaining in the first period of a shootout loss, whereas the Williamsville keeper made his with 10 seconds remaining in a 3-2 semi-final victory.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  At least not in my opinion.

So who ya got?

Hat Tip – High school save [Barstool Sports]

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