Top-spot Medicine Chest continued to separate from the pack with a 5-3 win over the Performance Centre Turbos in oldtimer hockey at Takhini Arena Wednesday.
“That was a one goal game and it should have been ours,” said Turbos’ defenceman Matt Sills. “But we had some mental lapses right towards the end.”
Tied 3-3 with under seven minutes to play, the Meds took the lead for a third time on a goal by Ken Vickerman, who redirected a shot from the point through his legs and into the net.
“It was a perfect shot by the defenceman along the ice and I was screening the goalie,” said Vickerman, who also scored his team’s second goal at the end of the first period. “All I did was touch it a little bit and changed its direction a little bit.”
“It was a nice deflection,” said Sills. “We were collapsing into our zone a little bit too much and giving their defenceman too much room on the boards.
“They had some good pressure on.”
Coming into the second down 2-1, the Turbos tied the game on a goal by Glen Heinbigner, his second of the game. Less than a minute later Turbos’ Grant Lyons peeled out of the corner, through the goal crease and lifted the puck upstairs stick side to move up 3-2.
“We were terrible putting three guys in deep and getting caught on odd-man rushes,” said Vickerman. “(That’s how) we gave up all three of our goals.”
The Meds’ other scorers were Dennis Connelly, Bill Bohmer and Phil Roszell, who knocked in an empty-netter in the dying seconds of the game.
The Turbos lost a player in the first period when Bernie Adilman caught an edge and went headfirst into the boards, knocking himself out.
“So we had to juggle our lines,” said Sills. ” But we came out hard in the second period…
“He’s fine, he just didn’t play the rest of the game. He’s got a pretty bad headache. He might have a concussion—it might be Eric Lindros syndrome.”
Yukon Inn 5, AON Flames 0
Inn scorers: Mike Burnett 1g 1a, Kevin Neufeld 1g 1a, Sean McAskie 1g, Brian Boorse 1g, Al Hammond 1g, Tom Ullyett 1a, Daryn Leas 1a
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