When goaltender Anthony Kimlin made it known that he will not be returning for a second consecutive season with the Sydney Ice Dogs, this put the club in a conundrum as to who they could recruit to play in the cage in the upcoming year.
Many Ice Dogs fans were nervous and sceptical as to who would be able to not only replace, but play with the same professionalism and skill as Kimlin in what would be their championship defending season. Enter 6 foot 4 Swedish import goaltender Tim Noting.
From the moment he stepped onto the ice, the super Swede has been noting but instrumental to the Ice Dogs success this season.
What is even more impressive is his already detailed hockey resume that he has been able to acquire despite being only 22 years of age. His career all started in 2007 with the Lindingo Vikings Junior 18′s team (Sweden) at only 16 years of age.
Having made his mark on the league with an incredible .926% save average in his 45 games, it was safe to say that Tim Noting was set to make an impact in years to come with his brand of hockey. He was able to quickly move up the ranks to the Viking’s Junior 20′s team where he would post a .825% save average in his sole season with the team.
With these eye opening stats as well as his quick glove, incredible athleticism and agility for a man of his size, opportunities for him to play for other teams came knocking.
He would go on to play for Huddinge IK in both their junior and senior teams in the Division 1 league in Sweden where he would accumulate a combined .855% save average in his two seasons with the club. It is here that his potential was well and truly recognized and with that came roster spots at Fana IHK in Norway and Rimbo IF back in Sweden before he would find a temporary home in Australia.
In terms of his impact on the AIHL this season however, in the 1, 096 minutes through 22 games he has played thus far this season for the Ice Dogs, Noting has been able to achieve at .891% save average which puts him at 7th overall in the league.
While this stat itself might not be overly impressive on first glance, it is the fact that he has been able to uphold such a solid percentage having played the second most minutes and games out of any goalie in the league that has fans and players alike noticing the efforts of the Super Swede.
Another interesting stat is the fact that he has faced the 4th most shots out of any goalie in the league (676) and has been able to turn away 602 of them. This can be narrowed down to his quick glove and reflexes that continuously deny opposition forwards of an almost certain goal.
In terms of the tempo of the league and what sets it apart from others he has played in, Noting explained that.
“The best league I played in was the Swedish Div1, however, the fastest league would definitely be the Swedish J20SuperElit.
“It is however very hard to compare the hockey as it’s a whole different sport almost. I can’t find anything to compare it on ice, but something that the AIHL has that we don’t have in our league is a cup, we can only gain promotion into the next league. It makes it even more juicier to win games.”
His athleticism has truly helped him fit in with the high scoring nature of the league as well as the offensive style of it. While his time over in Sweden and Norway has helped him fine tune all aspects of his game, he does claim that it is a whole different game down under.
“The big thing I realised mid season was that I actually have to think during the games, which I normally don’t do,” continued Noting.
“Back home everything is so fast that you don’t have time to think and you just go. Faster hockey makes the possibilities for a play smaller cause you have less time.
“It is easier for goalies to try to read the play. Here it’s very hard to read the play, since the tempo isn’t very fast.”
When asked about how the AIHL differs from the Swedish leagues.
His ability to shut down breakaways while also snatching the puck out of mid air has offences frustrated at the best of times and has given the Ice Dogs fans added faith that he can do everything necessary to book the Ice Dogs a trip to Melbourne come the end of this month.