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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:40

Lowry learns hard lessons of pro game on the rock

Written by  Brad Brown
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Adam Lowry built a Western Hockey League career on having his way with defencemen in front of the opposition net.

Last Saturday, in his second game as a pro, he learned a little bit about empathy.
“Going to the net against (Mike) Komisarek last night, he threw me around a little bit and it just shows you how much stronger these guys are and how much harder you have to work to succeed,” Lowry said April 7 from St. John’s, where he made his professional debut April 5 with the Winnipeg Jets’ top farm team in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies.
Lowry, the Swift Current Broncos’ captain and leading scorer in 2012-13, signed an amateur tryout agreement with the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps after the Broncos were eliminated from the WHL playoffs and played an expanded role Saturday as the Marlies swept the two-game set with a 4-2 win.
“It’s a big step up,” said Lowry. “There are a lot of great players in this league and you can’t really know what to expect until you get out there. The first game it took a couple of shifts to get used to it and get acclimatized.”
Lowry finished Saturday’s game with three shots on goal and a minus-one defensive rating.
“I thought he showed very well for a guy playing his first couple of pro games, and he’s only going to get better with time,” said St. John’s captain Jason Jaffray, himself a fellow Alberta product and former Swift Current Bronco.
“Lots of guys come in from junior and they’ll shy away a little in the corner because you’re not playing against boys, you’re playing against men now … and he wasn’t afraid to get into the corners and grind it up with the likes of Mike Komisarek.
“The Marlies have a very big D corps and (Lowry) didn’t shy away at all which was great to see.”
Lowry was a third-round draft pick of the Jets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but has yet to sign an entry-level contract with the club, hence the so-called tryout agreement with the IceCaps.
Winnipeg has until the end of June to sign Lowry to a standard entry-level contract or he will be eligible to re-enter the draft.
“I have 100 per cent confidence that a deal will get done with the Jets,” said Lowry. “I know I want to be a part of their organization and they’re happy with my development so it’s just a matter of time until a deal gets done.”
The IceCaps have five games left in their season and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2004, when they were known as the Manitoba Moose.
St. John’s plays Saturday and Sunday at home against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins before closing out the year on the road April 19 in Hamilton and April 20 and 21 in Toronto.

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