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Brampton - The careers of goaltenders Patrick Killeen and Mavric Parks may have intersected for the last time.
Minor hockey teammates and longtime Ontario Hockey League foes, Killeen and Parks squared off Wednesday night in the fourth game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal between the Brampton Battalion and Barrie Colts.
Parks, making a second consecutive start in place of the injured Peter Di Salvo, made 27 saves to backstop visiting Barrie to a 5-2 victory and a series sweep. Killeen, who played all of the Battalion’s 11 playoff games, faced 24 shots. The game marked the seventh time the pair faced each other in the OHL.
Residents of the Ottawa area, Killeen and Parks shared crease duties with the Ottawa Valley minor midgets in 2005-06. Each was a fifth-round choice in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, Killeen 81st overall to the Battalion and Parks 98th to the Kitchener Rangers. Parks had two stints with Kitchener and also played for the Kingston Frontenacs.
“We have a lot of history together,” Killeen said after Battalion players met with coaches and trainers for the final time. “We played on the same team in minor midget and live close to each other. I know him pretty well, and it was good to see him have a good series. I’m happy he played well, and I wish him luck in the rest of the playoffs. It seemed every time we played a team he was on, he got the start. It was always competitive.”
Killeen, who turns 20 next Thursday, enjoyed his most successful of four OHL seasons. He set a club record with 63 appearances, tops in the league, and compiled a won-lost-extended record of 23-25-13 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
He set Battalion records for shutouts in a season with five and in a career with eight. He put up a club-record shutout streak of 162:05 from Feb. 21-28, and his 19 consecutive starts tied the club record. Killeen is second on the Battalion’s all-time lists for games played by a goaltender, starts, minutes and wins.
“It was nice to get in a lot of games. It was fun, but it was a battle. My body is a little beat up, and it’ll be weird to wake up in the morning and not be sore. I owe a lot to the guys who played in front of me. The defence has been great my entire time here. Guys like Brad Albert and Ken Peroff have been with me all the way, and Matt Clark came in and had two unbelievable seasons for us.”
Killeen said the fact that few observers deemed the Battalion capable of much this season after it lost so many key components of the 2008-09 conference championship team was a motivating factor all season long. The Troops finished fifth in the conference and ousted fourth-place Kingston in a seven-game first-round series.
“It was tough to lose to Barrie, but I think once the sting of being out wears off I’ll look back at the season and think it was a successful one. Nobody picked us to do much, and to come out and have the kind of season we did and prove everyone wrong was great.”
A sixth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League’s 2008 Entry Draft, Killeen hopes his performance will earn him an entry-level contract.
“I don’t have much of an idea what’s happening with that right now. I have had some contact with them. I’m happy with my season. I wanted to make the decision easy for the Penguins, and I think I did that.”
Killeen made his OHL debut on Nov. 11, 2006, in relief of Bryan Pitton in a 6-3 road loss to the Peterborough Petes.
“It doesn’t seem too long ago,” said Killeen, “but then you think of the years that have gone by, all the games you’ve played and all the guys who have come through this team. It’s pretty surreal.”