Molars’ Laurie Malo should invite his wife and kids to more of his games.
With loved ones in attendance, Malo gave a Darryl-Sittler-like performance, accumulating eight points with four goals and four assists.
However, despite this outstanding performance and a hat trick by teammate Adam Green, the Klondyke Dental Molars coughed up a healthy lead in the second, losing 10-9 to the AON Flames.
Tied 9-9 with a minute to go, Flames’ Blaine “Bubba” Demchuk shot a wrister from 20 feet out and found the top corner for the winning goal with 59 seconds on the clock. Demchuk was assisted by Jeff Jensen, who also tied the game 9-9.
In the post-game interview, Demchuk did not seem overly thrilled with the performance his team’s goalie Barry Prince.
“I told them after they lobbed the seventh one by him – or curled it by him – I said, ‘Just stop the next one and we’re going to come back,”” said Demchuk. “Sure enough, we pulled ahead and kept battling back-and-forth and we came out up in the end.
“It was a good ol’‘80s NHL game.”
The Molars grew a 7-4 lead in the second before Flames Charles Broadhagen scored his third and Al Koehle, Barry Mole and Dave Milne each got one to go up 8-7.
“We were running out of steam,” said Malo. “We didn’t have very many guysÃ‰
“We were giving up the puck. Rather passing to ourselves, we were giving the puck right back to them. You do that a few times and it usually ends up in your net.”
With a little wind left in their sails, Molar Frank Thomas made it 8-8 with a shot from the blue line through the five-hole of the Flames’ frustrated netminder.
“At the beginning I said, ‘Shoot high cause he goes down,’” said Malo. “Then they all started going in along the ice – on the ice was working.”
Koele ended the game with a pair for the Flames while teammate Brian Eyolfson contributed one.
The Molars’ final goal was scored by Guy Morgan, assisted by Malo.
The majority of the game’s 19 goals, came in the second with the first period ending in a 2-2 tie.
“The air-conditioning was on so they had the wind behind them,” joked Demchuk. “They’re no young bucks – they’re friends of Jesus.”
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