Schaefer, back in North America this season after playing last year in Russia, made
12 saves and only allowed one goal during his 40-minute stint.
Nolan said he was glad to have the opportunity to dust off his game.
“Yeah, it was really nice,” he said. “I was lucky enough that I got to play [both periods of the 40-minute game], so I was really happy.
It was good to get to see some shots again.”
The Saskatchewan native has been said to have acquired a Russian style of goaltending in the last year. He disagrees, but says he hopes to use least year’s experience to the Black & Gold.
“I should be able to make the transition back to North American style and hopefully I can bring something extra to the team.”
Schaefer let in only one goal in today’s scrimmage, but that took something extra as well.
A quick pass from rookie Tyler Seguin
to Patrice Bergeron
was redirected right past Schaefer and gave the B’s in White the first goal of the scrimmage.
“I didn’t pick up the puck off the stick enough, and he roofed it on me,” Nolan said. “It’s my job as a goalie to make my chest big and try to take away that shot, but it was a good shot.
I’ll try to get him next time,” added Schaefer.
Relatively new to the Black & Gold locker room, Schaefer says he is happy to be able to communicate with his teammates again, with the language barrier no longer an issue.
“It’s been awesome,” said Schaefer. “All the guys have been really nice to me, and that’s one of the things that you miss over in Russia.
“You can’t speak to your teammates all the time.”---Taylor Walker