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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets starting goaltender position is Ondrej Pavelecs job to lose, but Connor Hellebuyck remains an intriguing possibility for a team looking to bounce back after another disappointing season. Cheap NBA Jerseys .The top goaltender in the NCAA before he decided to turn pro in April, Hellebuyck is tabbed to play with the Jets AHL farm team in St. Johns, N.L., although right now hes attending his third training camp with the club that drafted him in 2012.Ive been working really hard all summer along with all the other guys in the room and I think its starting to pay off, he said Friday.Hellebuyck, 21, hasnt seen any pre-season game action with the Jets. So far only starter Pavelec and backup Michael Hutchinson have played in net during the teams first two pre-season games.The six-foot-four native of Commerence, Mi., isnt on the list for Saturdays game in Minnesota, although he doesnt sound too worried about when hell play.Thats up to the coaching staff, he said. I just want to give my best in practice every day.Hellebuycks size and skill helped earn him a spot a€” along with Winnipegs Jacob Trouba a€” on the American team at last springs world hockey championship in Belarus.Hellebuyck was a steal for the Jets, who owe their scouts a bonus for spotting him early. They picked him up in the fifth round, 130th overall, in 2012.He then finished two stunning seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. After earning the starting spot in his first season, he had a 38-12-2 record in 54 games along with 12 shutouts, a .946 save percentage and 1.60 goals-against average.For the 2013-14 season, he won the inaugural Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in college hockey.But at 20, the lure of the professional ranks and a three-year, two-way deal worth an average of just under US$1 million a year, ended his college career.Goaltending has been an Achilles heel for the Jets as they struggle to earn a playoff berth, but so far the team has refused to lay the lions share of blame in front of Pavelecs pads.As camp got underway this year, coach Paul Maurice said the whole team needs to learn how to play a steadier defensive game before its even possible to assess Pavelecs level of responsibility.But his numbers a€” the most goals allowed in the league last season along with one of the worst save percentages a€” have earned him plenty of critics.This is the first season since the former Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg in 2011 that the team hasnt brought in a veteran backup. Instead theyve elected to stick with Hutchinson a€” at least for now.Like Hellebuyck, Hutchinson, 24, is from the Jets system. He won two of three games in Winnipeg late last season after splitting the campaign between the ECHL and AHL.Hellebuyck has yet to play a game in the AHL and said he knows hes got a lot to learn.As long as Im improving every day Im happy, he said. I dont want to go out there and have a bad day and not take something from it.Its something he says hes learned from watching other goaltenders like veteran Tim Thomas, who started for the U.S. national team in Belarus. Hellebuyck was third on the depth chart and didnt see any action as the U.S., like Canada, was eliminated in the quarter-finals. Youre always a student, til the day you retire. Evan Turner Jersey . Lowry and the Raptors officially announced a four-year US$48 million dollar deal Thursday. The deal was reported last week but couldnt be made official until Thursday, when the moratorium on signings was lifted. "They were real factors. I did my homework. Georgios Papagiannis Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. . -- The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever Brandon Lyon that includes an invitation to their big league camp for spring training.CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The starter throws seven shutout innings. The defence makes a few big plays. One swing of the bat provides all the offence needed. Not a very flashy way to win, but its working for the Tampa Bay Rays. Alex Cobb went seven innings on Saturday, extending Tampa Bays run of solid starting pitching, and James Loney homered for a 1-0 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds. The Rays came into the interleague series with a 1-8 mark against Cincinnati. Theyve taken the first two games with their simple formula. "We hit some balls well, they hit some balls well, their defence played great also," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "So just one of those days, man. We hit a homer and we win." Cobb (1-1) pitched seven shutout inning against Texas on Sunday but got a no-decision. He kept the scoreless streak going Saturday, limiting Cincinnatis struggling lineup to four hits without walking a batter. Hes now gone 15 1-3 innings without allowing a run. Grant Balfour, who fanned Brayan Pena with the bases loaded to end Friday nights game, got three outs for his fourth save in as many chances, finishing off the four-hitter. Cincinnati stranded a pair at third base and had runners thrown out at third and home, extending its run of wasteful offence. The Reds have lost all four of their series this season, falling to 3-8 for the first time since 1995, when they won the NL Central. They had a brief team meeting after the game. "It was just a friendly reminder of what weve got here and who we are as a team," Pena said. "It was a very positive meeting. The skipper (Bryan Price) got involved." Loney led off the second inning with his first homer against Alfredo Simon (1-1), who matched his career high with eight innings and allowed only five hits. The Rays opened the series with a 2-1 win Friday night, when David Price took a shutout into the ninth before Joey Votto homered with one out. Rays starters have thrown at least seven shutout innings four times in the last six games. It was Tampa Bays second shutout of the season, and the second time the Reds have been shut out. The Reds also were blanked 1-0 by the CCardinals on opening day. Bill Walton Jersey. Both managers changed their lineups, looking for some runs. The Rays have scored only nine in their last six games, but managed to win three of them because of the impressive pitching. The Reds have scored 28 runs all season, second-fewest in the National League. Maddon stocked his lineup with left-handers against Simon. Price moved Votto from third to second in the batting order, the first time hed batted second since 2008. Neither move made much of a difference. Nice defence by both teams also kept it close. Votto led off the fourth with a ground-rule double. Kevin Kiermaier threw out Votto at the plate as he tried to score on Brandon Phillips single to centre. Phillips went to second on the play and was thrown out trying to steal third. "Kiermaiers throw today was the play of the game, the play of the season so far," Maddon said. "Hes an exceptional outfielder. Hes among the best major league outfielders today and hes only played one game here in the regular season." Kiermaier was optioned back to Triple-A Durham after the game, as expected. His throw home in the fourth was a good way to leave. "I wanted to come up here and contribute any way I could," said Kiermaier, who was called up Friday and told hed be in the majors for only a couple of days. "For me to throw Votto out at home, especially in a 1-0 game, just made it that much better. It was a pivotal time in the game." The Reds wasted another chance in the sixth, when Zack Cozart was hit by a pitch and advanced on a wild pitch and a sacrifice. Billy Hamilton hit a shallow fly and Votto grounded out. NOTES: LHP Erik Bedard was added to the Rays roster following the game. ... LHP Cesar Ramos moves from the bullpen to the rotation on Sunday, taking the place of injured Matt Moore. Ramos will make his fourth career start. Reds LHP Tony Cingrani makes his first career appearance against the Rays. ... Reds RHP Mat Latos had an MRI on his pitching forearm. It bothered him during a throwing session the previous day. Latos is trying to recover from surgery to repair torn knee cartilage on Feb. 14. ' ' '

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