Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 10/25/14
Minnesota_wild_v_adf4
With one Colton Gillies practice shot during Wednesday's morning skate, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goaltending situation went from perilously thin to almost comedic.Steve Mason, who has carried a heavy load in recent weeks with no proven NHL backup supporting him, was felled by a Gillies shot that left him with concussion symptoms only hours before a game against the Detroit Red Wings later that night.The Blue Jackets turned to rookie Allen York, who made his second NHL start, but that was the easy part. With no other goaltender under contract, the Jackets spent the next few hours scrambling to find a goalie they could sign to serve as York's backup, one who could make it to Columbus in advance of faceoff.Shawn Hunwick, who just finished his college career at the University of Michigan, signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Blue Jackets, then drove himself from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Columbus, about a three-hour trip."We had to get somebody in here by tonight, and he was available," Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. "But we would consider signing him for the rest of the year, too."Hunwick, who was undrafted, was 24-12-3 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage this season for the Wolverines.Mason will be re-evaluated Thursday, but Hunwick could finish the season with the Blue Jackets. Mark Dekanich and Curtis Sanford, signed to be the Jackets' No. 2 and 3 goaltenders this season, both are out with season-ending injuries.The Blue Jackets' day ended on a happy note, though. York stopped 29 of 31 shots vs. the Red Wings, earning his first NHL win in a 4-2 decision in Nationwide Arena. He entered the game 0-1 with a 3.04 goals-against average in seven games with Columbus.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Kobe viewed Dwight Howard's departure as 'positive'

Lions suspend CJ Mosley, send him home from London

Federal judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Report: Bucs sign Gerald McCoy to seven-year extension

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans about booing

Report: Shonn Greene arrested after parking in handicap spot

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

GRAPHIC: Cam Atkinson shows how close he was to losing eye

WATCH: 350-pound Arkansas lineman throws TD pass

Penn State fans blew air horns outside Ohio State's hotel?

WATCH: Oregon's Charles Nelson has impressive punt return TD

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Penn State fans blew air horn at Ohio State players' hotel?

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.