Essa signs former Lake Erie goaltender Server, will 'have the chance for success'

by Matt Mackinder

The Essa Stallions have announced the signing of American goaltender Matthew Server for the upcoming 2018-19 CPJHL season.

Server comes to the Herd by way of the now-defunct Lake Erie Eagles, who played in the CPJHL last season. 

A St. Louis native, Server will add goaltending depth, as well as some healthy competition for the defending President's Cup champions.

"We're very excited to add Matthew to our squad this year," said Essa head coach and director of hockey operations Sylvain Cloutier. "I think adding him to the fold really helps our depth heading into the season, and will continue to keep the competition fresh for all of our goaltenders this season. They each can learn something from one another, and we know Matthew brings a lot of experience with him. He is going to have the chance for success here. I believe this is the best team he has been a part of, so if everyone goes out and does a job, we will all thrive."

"We never thought we would have this chance to add a veteran presence like Server to our team at this point in the season, but we're very happy we are," added Essa GM and assistant coach David Lang. "We had him for some tournaments this offseason, and he was the reason we were in games. He gave us fits when we played them last year, including a 75-save performance for the Eagles in a 5-1 victory for us. We see him fitting it nicely with our guys, and helping everyone get better, day by day." 

In 54 games played in the CPJHL, Server holds an 11-15 record with a .917 save percentage and a 3.57 GAA.