A dream comes true for a Jr. B goalie

Erik Plumadore didn’t sleep a wink Thursday night.

No wonder.  After getting a surprise call to play goal Friday during the Ottawa Senators informal skate at the Bell Sensplex, the 19-year-old netminder from the Clarence Creek Castors was too hyped up to lie down. He was also busy making sure just about everyone he knew was aware of his dream come true.

“I was certainly surprised,” said Plumadore, who was referred by a goalie coach who is helping former Gatineau Olympiques coach John Chabot run the workouts for the locked out players. In addition to having Senators players on the ice, Philadelphia Flyers star Claude Giroux also joined the group Friday.

Plumadore smiled widely when asked if Giroux and Erik Karlsson scored on him.

“Yeah, they all scored on me, once or twice,” he said, with a laugh. “I stopped them once, too.”

Plumadore says he has been on the ice with former Senators winger Nick Foligno before, but has never before faced the type of speed and precision of so many NHL players.

“Their accurancy is so much higher, the passes are crisp and they all know what they’re going to do before they even get the puck,” he said. “It’s the highlight of my year. It was awesome.”

LALIME RETURNS: Former Senators goaltender Patrick Lalime also made a guest appearance for the workout. Lalime, who retired following the 2010-11 season, was wearing goalie pads for the first time since playing in a charity event in February. Lalime, now working in broadcasting, hasn’t completely given up playing the game. He’s now playing in a couple of pick-up leagues in the Ottawa area – as a forward.

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