Yukon Inn finds vacancy in Molars defence

'Ounce for ounce, we're probably one of the top teams in the league right now," said Yukon Inn forward Blaine Demchuk. "Most people will freeze in our shadow, we're such a big team.

‘Ounce for ounce, we’re probably one of the top teams in the league right now,” said Yukon Inn forward Blaine Demchuk. “Most people will freeze in our shadow, we’re such a big team.”

Whether Demchuk was referring to his team’s stature or waistlines was lost in laughter from his teammates, but something was working as Yukon Inn (2-1-1) outscored the Klondyke Dental Molars 7-3 in Wednesday’s Oldtimer Hockey League action at Takhini Arena.

“We came out in the second period, worked hard and just played basic hockey,” said Inn’s Grant Lyons, who had a three-point night with two goals. “We just managed to get some shots on net and some went in.

“I think we’re as strong as any other team. I don’t know if one team is going to dominate it all – it’s usually that way in oldtimers.”

Tied 2-2 with under three minutes to play in the first, Yukon Inn retook the lead with a goal from Paul Sahagian. With Molars goaltender John Grant sprawled in his crease with the puck somewhere under him, and seemingly every Inn player whacking at his pads in hopes of making contact with the puck, Sahagian suddenly appeared with the puck behind the net and popped it in for his first of two.

Things got worse for the Molars (1-3) in the second with two from Demchuk, another from Sahagian and one from Murray Arsenault, a couple of which dribbled in.

“It was not a stellar game for me, I know that,” said Grant. “I could have played better.”

Scoring two to start the game for the Molars was Wayne Crowe and Jeff Jensen scored in the second.

“We haven’t had a full squad out with the hunting and the different (activities), but I think we’ll be alright,” said Grant. “Most of the teams start off pretty slow and you see the pace of the team pick up as the season wears on, so the first month is like training camp.

“We just want to make sure we don’t peak too soon.”

When more Molars start coming out and they pick up some wins, it might be them who will be bragging about the size of their players.

“They’re a pretty quiet bunch; they’re real different from Edgewater,” said Grant, speaking of his former team. “Edgewater has all the reprobates on it.

“We’re a pretty low-key team so far. When we win a few, then we’ll be cocky.”

In Wednesday’s other game, the Performance Centre Turbos downed Edgewater Hotel 7-3 with a handful of Turbos having big games.

Topping his team for points, Turbo Ross Phillips logged five with two goals. Teammate Sean McAskie had a hat trick and an assist, while Jason Cunnings scored two goals, both assisted by Dave Bakica.

For Edgewater, Gord Peterson had a two point game, with a goal and an assist.

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