You can decide, which one is Batman and which one is Robin, but the dynamic duo will be back in goal for the Midget AAA Generals this weekend when they open the regular season against the Notre Dame Hounds.
The Generals will have the goaltending tandem of Grant Naherniak and Ryland Pashovitz back between the pipes again this year after the duo played big roles in the team's success during their rookie seasons in 2011-12.
The two goalies split the Generals' 44 games right down the middle last season and it worked out well with Naherniak finishing second in the league in goals against average at 2.13 and tied for third with Pashovitz in save percentage at .914 in 22 starts. Pashovitz wasn't too far behind in GAA either, sitting in sixth place, at 2.49, while also starting 22 games.
"Grant's a really good goalie, so every game he played, he would always do really good, so when it was my turn next game, I would really try to push myself to be as good as him," explained Pashovitz. "It helped me to be that much better every game."
"We've got two pretty goaltenders on this team, so I think it's the best option for the team," added Naherniak on the idea of splitting time again this season with Pashovitz.
Naherniak spent his summer with an eye on cracking the WHL's Red Deer Rebels' roster as a 16-year-old -- and he almost did -- but he was reassigned to Moose Jaw nearthe end of training camp. He says the experience with the Rebels will make him a better goalie this year.
"It gave me that confidence and made me look at the game differently," said Naherniak. "There's a faster pace up there, but coming back down you have more confidence and know what you're doing out there (with the game moving slower.)
"I'm hopefully going to be one of the top goaltenders in the league and I'm just going to push myself to be one of those guys. I'm going to play my heart out every game."
Pashovitz says he concentrated on off-ice training during the summer, including yoga, with the goal of improving on last year's success, "I worked on flexibility, worked on my speed and quickness with off-ice training and just lots of goalie stuff.
"The flexibilty has gotten a lot better, I feel a lot quicker on the ice, more powerful, bigger pushes and I just feel a lot better than last season even."
The two goalies have an eye on carrying the team to a league title this season, which would be a first for the Generals organization. "Obviously we're going to be top-4 so we can have home ice advantage in the playoffs, but maybe even higher than that this year," said Pashovitz.
The Generals get started on the road to the playoffs when they open the regular season on Saturday in Wilcox against the Notre Dame Hounds. Their home opener is coming up on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Place against the Notre Dame Argos.