Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It Takes Two for 'Cudas; the Goaltending Duo of Haun and Person Gives the Team a Big Strength

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It Takes Two for 'Cudas; the Goaltending Duo of Haun and Person Gives the Team a Big Strength

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Byline: ROBBY MONK

As the Southern Professional Hockey League's regular season winds down, the Jacksonville Barracudas find themselves only four points out of first place.

They have Ryan Person and Tim Haun to thank.

The Barracudas' goaltending duo has given up only 120 goals this season, and the team has allowed a league-low 131 total. Haun leads the SPHL in save percentage (.924) and goals-against average (2.37 per game) - and he's the backup, appearing in 20 games. While Person's numbers aren't as good, his .901 save percentage and 3.46 GAA in 24 games are solid, ranking him in the middle of the league.

"Both our goaltenders have done a really good job for us this year," said Barracudas forward Tyrone Garner, who played three games in goal for the NHL's Calgary Flames in 1998-99. "Person was our No. 1. When he got hurt [and went on 30-day injured reserve with a broken hand], Timmy stepped in and did a great job."

That helped the Barracudas (26-13-4, 56 points) stay in the SPHL race, and entering Friday and Saturday home meetings with the Richmond Renegades, Jacksonville is right behind the first-place Knoxville Ice Bears (28-15-4, 60 points) with nine regular-season games left.

It also helps that the Barracudas have allowed the fewest shots (1,501) and racked up the least penalty minutes (1,064) in the SPHL, but in a league that places an emphasis on offense, Person and Haun also must control the puck and prevent rebounds.

"I know I have to control my rebounds," Haun said. "You do that, you give up 35 shots, and the defense makes them shoot from the outside. Thirty-five shots from the outside is no problem."

Both goalies attribute their success to the team's defense, and the statistics back up that assertion. The Barracudas lead the league in penalty kills, having stopped 85. …

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