Another Rookie Goalie

     While rookie goalie Alex Stalock is trying to get comfortable with the San Jose Sharks, another rookie, Richard Bachman, a former Colorado College star, is doing the same with the Dallas Stars. Here’s an update from an NHL Prospects tournament this week in Traverse City, Mich., from the Dallas Web site:

Dallas took a hard-fought 4-3 win over Columbus Wednesday to move to 1-1-1 in pool play. The Stars finished third in the Western Division of the eight-team tournament, which also included the Minnesota Wild.

Richard Bachman was great in goal as he had 35 saves and allowed only two 5-on-3 goals and a puck that deflected in off of his own defenseman. That was a big improvement on Bachman’s performance in a 9-6 loss to St. Louis in the tournament opener.

"You just want to get out there and play again after a game like that, so this was fun," Bachman said. "It’s good to just get in there and forget about everything else and just play."

Bachman was under siege early as he had to stop a Columbus power play just 1:19 into the game and also had to face a penalty shot in the first period. He came through untarnished by either and the Stars came out with a 1-0 first period lead on a deflected goal by Sergei Korostin.

"It’s good sometimes to get tested, especially if you get through it," Bachman said. "You get a lot of confidence."

The Stars lost to Detroit in the fifth-place game 4-1 Thursday. Bachman was not in goal.