Coming off a pair of losses, including an 8-2 blowout against Medicine Chest Sunday, the AON Flames bounced back with a blowout of their own, defeating the Performance Centre Turbos 8-3 Wednesday at Takhini Arena.
Finishing the first period up 4-3, the Flames ignited in the second with four unanswered goals.
“I think it was the mid-game hydration—we’re on a new hydration regiment,” said Flames’ Dave White, failing to mention the kind of beverage consumed between the game’s two periods. “It’s part of our training that we’re experimenting with.”
After knocking in two in the first, Flames’ Wade Harrison took a tape-to-tape pass in front of the Turbos net and put home his third for the hat trick.
“Wade Harrison took the game into his own hands,” said White. “He needs more hats—he likes hats—so he tried to get a hat trick.”
Harrison’s third also provided Blaine “Bubba” Demchuk with his third assist of the game and Al Koehl with his second. Koehl also scored the Flames’ third goal to set the score at 3-1 in the first.
“That one line just killed us,” said Turbos’ Matt Sills. “They’ve got one set of wingers, Bubba and Wade who are just deadly. You put either Al Koehl or Charles Broadhagen between them and they’re just deadly—they just picked us apart.”
With five minutes left in the first, the Turbos evened the score to 3-3 with a pair of goals just 43 seconds apart. On a break, Turbos’ Bruce Thompson squeezed the puck under the Flames’ net-minder, Barry Prince, to move within one. Gregor Gabb, who assisted Thompson, then took a pass out of the corner from Woody Bennett and slapped it home to tie the game. Gabb’s goal gave Bennett his third assist.
“We just completely ran out of gas in the second period,” said Sills. “Then it just went from bad to worse.
“We’re missing a lot of guys—we only had nine skaters. We were going with just three defencemen, which, when you’re as old as us, going with just three defencemen is a pretty harsh way to play a hockey game.”
Other scores for the Flames were Jeff Jensen with two, Dave Milne and Broadhagen with one each.
White didn’t contribute to the scoring but nonetheless carries some important duties for his team.
“Generally I’m the first guy in the shower—I’m usually the guy that goes into the shower and tells them if it’s hot or not,” joked White. “That’s my main job on the team.”
Gord Kuchler opened the scoring for the Turbos.
Bull gives Yukon
Inn the horns
Assisting what would become the game winner and then getting a goal of his own, Medicine Chest’s Greg Bull had a two-point game in his team’s 4-1 win over Yukon Inn Wednesday.
Med’s Brian McWatters scored the first period’s lone goal unassisted on the power play. Early in the second Bull and Pat Campbell assisted Dennis Connelly before Ryan Hennings assisted Bull on another power play goal. Ross Philips capped the scoring for the Meds with an unassisted effort.
The Yukon Inn’s Mike Burnett prevented the shut out getting the game’s final goal with 8:10 to play. He was assisted by Al Hammond and Daryn Leas.
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