The Oldtimer league’s top-spot AON Flames (5-0-2) picked-up their first shutout of the season, beating the winless Klondyke Dental Donkeys 4-0 Wednesday at Takhini Arena.
The Donkeys (0-3-4), who are sitting in last place, suffered two goals against in each period.
According to one player, the Donkeys have a few more negative qualities than positive ones.
“We have four guys that are over 60, we’ve got a couple blind guys and we’ve got one guy with a wooden leg,” said Donkeys’ Rob Millar jokingly. “We can’t clear the puck from our end, we can’t pass, we take too many penalties — but we do have one guy with really nice hockey socks…
“But I have to give the other guys credit, they played an extremely good game.”
The Flames’ Jeff Jensen, who suffered a terrible accident just two years ago, proved his doctor wrong again, by not only playing but scoring a goal and getting an assist.
Jensen fell 5.4 metres onto a concrete surface, breaking a leg, hip, both wrists and elbows.
“Within a year I was back playing,” said Jensen. “Two years ago I was coming to the rink in a wheelchair … (My team) was picking me up and taking me to the rink.”
Blaine Demchuk led the charge for the Flames, scoring a hat trick with an assist to boot. Charles Broadhagen and Scott Lowery each had a pair of assists, while teammate Toney Clennett had one.
“We’ve got a great team — a solid team,” said Flames’ goalie Barry Prince, who, as a youngster, played in the American League, as well as Junior B in Ontario and Senior A in BC.
“They clear the front of the net and allow me to see the shot, and makes it easy for me.”
Rangers fight for
win over Turbos
All and all, the performance Centre Turbos (1-4-2) cannot be too disappointed with their 3-1 loss to the Firth Rangers (4-2-1) Wednesday evening.
After tying the game 1-1 early in the second period, the Turbos faced a bevy of scoring opportunities and the Rangers had a number of hot-streaks, producing turnovers and getting four more shots on net in the period (18-14). (Oldtimer games consist of only two periods.)
“If we lost that game we would have been disappointed because we had so many chances to score,” said Rangers’ Ed van Randen, who scored two goals including the game winner. “It was one of those games where their goalie was just making opportune saves … we just couldn’t seem to get it in there.”
With just 3:05 left to play, van Randen broke the 1-1 tie, coming out of the corner to score through the five-hole. However, van Randen’s goal came under unusual circumstances.
“They sort of stopped playing, I think they thought there was a penalty,” said van Randen. “So I took it out of the corner and just put it in the bottom of the net. No one was really paying attention…
“I didn’t hear a whistle, so I kept going and banged it in the net.”
“I was in front of the net and ‘King Tut’ (Carl Burgess) crosschecked me into our goalie and our goalie stopped and then (van Randen) came around the net and put it in,” said Turbos’ Don Morrison, describing the game winner.
Van Randen scored again with 1:25 left to play, knocking in a rebound by teammate Bruce Demchuk. Stu Mackay opened the scoring with an unassisted goal.
Glen Heinbigner scored the Turbos lone goal, assisted by Bernie Adilman.
Rangers also won the teams’ first encounter 6-2.