Yukon Inn burnt by Flames

Keeping all lines at full-strength can be difference between a win and loss in hockey. The undefeated AON Flames (3-0-2) flew in the face of this…

Keeping all lines at full-strength can be difference between a win and loss in hockey.

The undefeated AON Flames (3-0-2) flew in the face of this well-established truth Wednesday at Takhini Arena, as they played shorthanded for almost a third of the game in a 3-1 win over Yukon Inn (4-2-0).

Because of a miscommunication among the team, the Flames were forced to play the first 14 minutes of the game down a player, but nonetheless managed to finish the first period up 2-0.

“A lot of our guys showed up half-an-hour late because they got the wrong schedule,” said Flames’ Blaine “Bubba” Demchuk, who got two assists in the game.

“Our helter-skelter play at the start threw them off.”

“(We were) not moving the puck around very well in their end of the rink, not giving our selves decent chances,” said Inn’s goal scorer, Sean McAskie. “They certainly picked us apart, as far as leaving guys open in the neutral zone. They had probably a dozen two-on-ones or three-on-ones.”

Flames’ Charles Broadhagen led the charge for his team, scoring two goals and an assist.

Broadhagen opened the scoring with 5:48 left in the first. Demchuk sent a shot wide that went off the boards, behind the net, landing right on Broadhagen’s stick, allowing him to stuff it in the open end of the net.

Broadhagen also opened the scoring in the second flicking in a rebound off of a shot by teammate Scott Lowery. However, Broadhagen twice had chances for a hat trick, getting stuffed by Inn’s goaltender Joe Sparling on breakaway in the second, and then fanning on a two-on-zero pass through the crease in front of the open net.

“I over-skated the puck a little bit and it went through my legs,” said Broadhagen of opportunity. “I should have slowed down for that one a little bit.”

Although the Flames scored only half as many goals in the second half, it was not because of a lack of shots.

With full lines on the Flames’ bench, Sparling faced 17 shots in the second, compared with just four in the other end of the rink.

“He had an outstanding second half,” said Broadhagen of Sparling.

Yukon Inn’s goal came with 7:18 remaining in the game and was assisted by Al Hammond and Daryn Leas.

“Al Hammond just got the puck to me and I just grabbed it quickly and threw it at the net as quickly as I could,” said McAskie, who torn down the right wing and shot from 15 feet out. “It just happened to go in.”

Turbos shut out by Medicine Chest

The game started off looking as if it could go either way.

However, things quickly turned into a one-sided slam fest as Medicine Chest (2-2-1) threw it into high gear, scoring four unanswered goals in the second period en route to a 5-0 win over the Performance Centre Turbos (1-3-1).

“We couldn’t get the puck out,” said Turbos’ right-winger Dennis Zimmermann, speaking of the second period. “They kept pressing hard and we couldn’t clear the zone, and they just kept pushing.

“We just broke down and we just couldn’t clear the puck — that was the deal.

“I’m a second, third liner, so we just dump and grind and chase,” added Zimmermann. “That was working a little bit, but we just couldn’t get it back in front of the goalie. You know, I had one reflection go off my butt on the far side of the net — it just wasn’t coming together.”

Medicine Chest’s centre, Ross Phillips opened and closed the scoring in the second period, twice beating Turbos’ goalie Floyd McCormick on the blocker-side.

“I think we started out-skating them, started passing, started coming together,” said Phillips of the unbalanced second period. “Because it’s the start of the season, takes a while before you start to gel, start to learn your linemates and stuff.”

Forcing turnovers was the bread-and-butter of Medicine Chest’s big second period.

“We just kept forcing the defence to make quick passes, so they’d pass it away,” said Philips. Describing his team’s strategy. “You rush in a quick as you can — don’t let them think about it.”

Ken Vickerman, Dennis Connelly and Paul Lackowicz also had shots meet the mesh for goals. Medicine’s Chest’s Greg Bull also helped give the Turbos the horns with a pair of assists.

Just Posted

Lorraine Kuhn is seen with one of the many volleyball teams she coached. (Photo submitted by Sport Yukon)
The Yukon Sports Hall of Fame inducts the late Lorraine Kuhn

Lorraine Kuhn became the newest member of the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame for her work in growing volleyball amongst other sports

File Photo
A Yukon judge approved dangerous offender status for a man guilty of a string of assaults in 2020.
Yukon judge sentences dangerous offender to indefinite prison term

Herman Peter Thorn, 51, was given the sentence for 2020 assaults, history of violence

Crystal Schick/ Yukon News A former residential school in the Kaska Dena community of Lower Post will be demolished on June 21. Crystal Schick/ Yukon News
Lower Post residential school demolition postponed

On June 21, the old residential school in Lower Post will be demolished and new ground on a multi-cultural centre will be broken

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announced 29 new COVID-19 cases on June 19 and community transmission among unvaccinated individuals. (Yukon News file)
Yukon logs record-high 29 new COVID-19 cases

F.H. Collins prom attendees and some Porter Creek Grade 9 students are instructed to self-isolate as community transmission sweeps through unvaccinated populations

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before using it on Nov. 24. The Yukon government is reopening the drive-thru option on June 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Drive-up COVID-19 testing opening June 18 in Whitehorse

The drive-up testing will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday and increase testing capacity by 33 spots

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its June 14 meeting

Murray Arsenault sits in the drivers seat of his 1975 Bricklin SV1 in Whitehorse on June 16. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Bringing the 1975 Bricklin north

Murray Arsenault remembers his dad’s Bricklin, while now driving his own

A presumptive COVID case was found at Seabridge Gold’s 3 Aces project. (file photo)
Presumptive COVID-19 case reported at mine in southeast Yukon

A rapid antigen rest found a presumptive COVID case on an incoming individual arriving at the 3Aces project

Jonathan Antoine/Cabin Radio
Flooding in Fort Simpson on May 8.
Fort Simpson asked for military help. Two people showed up.

FORT SIMPSON—Residents of a flooded Northwest Territories village expected a helping hand… Continue reading

A woman was rescued from the Pioneer Ridge Trail in Alaska on June 16. (Photo courtesy/AllTrails)
Alaska hiker chased off trail by bears flags down help

ANCHORAGE (AP)—An Alaska hiker who reported needing help following bear encounters on… Continue reading

Two participants cross the finish line at the City of Whitehorse Kids Triathlon on June 12 with Mayor Dan Curtis on hand to present medals. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
2021 Kids’ Triathlon draws 76 young athletes

Youth ages five to 14 swim, run and bike their way to finish line

NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Unacceptable’ that Inuk MP felt unsafe in House of Commons, Miller says

OTTAWA—It’s a “sad reflection” on Canada that an Inuk MP feels she’s… Continue reading

Lily Witten performs her Canadian Nationals beam routine on June 14. John Tonin/Yukon News
Three Yukon gymnasts break 20-year Nationals absence

Bianca Berko-Malvasio, Maude Molgat and Lily Witten competed at the Canadian Nationals – the first time in 20 years the Yukon’s been represented at the meet

Most Read