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Mountain a prospect for Tampa Bay Lightning 0

Eric MacKenzie, The Daily Graphic
File photoBryan Mountain, who backstopped  the Portage Terriers to a MJHL Championship earlier this year, has been invited to a Tampa Bay Lightening rookies and prospects camp in mid-July.

File photoBryan Mountain, who backstopped the Portage Terriers to a MJHL Championship earlier this year, has been invited to a Tampa Bay Lightening rookies and prospects camp in mid-July.

Starting in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning, former Portage Terriers goaltender Bryan Mountain?

Well, perhaps that's more than a little premature. But, the 20-year-old goaltender has landed on the NHL team's radar.

Mountain has been given an invite to the Lightning's rookie and prospects camp, which will take place in Tampa Bay in mid-July.

"I don't know too much about it, just that there's only going to be a handful of guys there," Mountain said via telephone from his Philadelphia-area home Thursday. "It should be pretty high-paced with lots of ice time and lots of time in the gym.

"It should be a good step in getting me ready for next year, which is what I'm focused on right now."

Mountain, who backstopped the Terriers to a second-straight MJHL Championship in 2008-09, will suit up for the Northeastern University Huskies next season, an NCAA Division 1 school out of Boston.

While the soft-spoken netminder said he's not quite sure how his name came up among the Lightning staff for an invite, he'll certainly take it.

"It's all kind of a mystery to me how this all came about in terms of where they saw me ..., but it's something that I'm really excited for, and I'm preparing for it as we speak," he said. "Just this week, I started (training) pretty hard. I'm not just going to show up and be happy to be there. I want to make an impression, obviously for next year, and for something maybe down the road."

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