#40 Chris Festarini
6'2, 200 lbs.
Goaltender Chris Festarini is this week's Bearcat-of-the-Week.
He posted two wins last week, turning aside 62 of the 66 shots directed his way. He was at his best in the middle frame of Saturday's game against Yarmouth, stopping 16 well-intended shots and slamming the door on the Mariners.
In his 11 starts as a member if the Bearcats, he's compiled a 9-2 record and 2.37 GAA.
He got his hockey start in Iroquois, Ont., as part of the Abitibi Eskimos. A family move brought him to Oakville and the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
Following a single season with the Oakville Rangers minor midget team, he was drafted in 2009 by the OHL's Erie Otters. He started the season with the Otters but finished up in Port Colbourne. He spent all of the 2011-12 season and part of the next with the Otters before a trade sent him to the Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL).
At the beginning of this season, he was an invite to the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp, earning an assignment with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs before returning to Niagara. Getting fewer starts on a rebuilding Ice Dogs team, he sought a position elsewhere. At the trade deadline the Bearcats acquired this confident netminder and solidified the goaltending tandem with Jacob Fancy.
Once the regular season is over and the playoff schedule is announced, season ticket holders wishing to retain their seats for playoff action will be required to present their season pass and seat card at the RECC ticket booth when purchasing playoff tickets. Fans are encouraged to get them in advance.
Tonight the Bearcats are in Yarmouth to face a hungry group of Mariners at 7:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, the Bearcats play their last home game before the playoffs. The Valley Wildcats are in town for a 7 p.m. start at RECC.