Wisbech-based ice hockey star McGregor set for first Peterborough Islanders start of 2011

ICE HOCKEY netminder Rob McGregor is hoping to stake his claim for more game time as he prepares for his first start of the year against Streatham Bruins on Saturday.

Wisbech-based McGregor, who plays for Peterborough Islanders, has played second-fiddle to experienced ‘keeper Simon Wren for most of the season. Wren has spent nearly 600 minutes longer on the ice than the 27-year-old this season.

However, McGregor admits he understands why he is currently number two.

McGregor said: “Simon is an incredible and very experienced netminder and personally I think he is one of the best in the league.

“It means that he gets the nod in some games and that’s just the way it is. I’ve had to be patient but that’s the case for ‘keepers in any sport.

“My long-term goal is to replace Simon as number one when he packs it in and in the meantime I want to learn from him while he’s around.

“I’d love to start more but I know part of my role is to be ready for when I am asked to play.”

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The Islanders sit fifth in the English National League Southern Division Two and have a 100 per cent record in 2011 after beating Bristol and Oxford. They thumped Saturday’s visitors 9-2 in October.

“Streatham have struggled a bit this season and we beat them comfortably at their rink,” said McGregor.

“However, they had a surprise win against Invicta at the weekend which will have given them a much-needed confidence boost.

“I’ve been pushing for more game time and it’s a great opportunity to show what I can do. However, I’m under no illusions that I’ll suddenly become number one after Saturday.

“I just want to help the side, do my best and keep our good run going.”