The Sherwood Park Crusaders turned an over-ruled Whitecourt first period goal into their own Weapon X, and sliced through the Wolverines 7-0 on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The motivating no-goal, due to a not-so-quickly called off high stick, was helped along by a series of bellows from the stands. The refs finally agreed with the crowd, and the Cru (26-21-7) immediately went to work, scoring with 14 seconds to go in the first, and ending the period with a 1-0 lead.
By the time the second period ended, the Crusaders had cut through Whitecourt (28-18-8) for four more goals and went into the third up 5-0.
“Hockey is a messed- up game,” said Crusaders head coach Tim Fragle. “We’ve had so many games at home where we have outplayed teams and didn’t score, and then the tide changes and we end up losing. Well, tonight it went the other way. We definitely got outplayed. It doesn’t happen too often when you end up winning 7-0 after only playing 40 minutes of hockey. Shame on us for not showing up.”
The Wolverines weren’t doing themselves any favours. Their powerplay couldn’t get anything going and allowed several momentum shifts as the Cru denied them on five attempts. Combine that with sloppy play and giveaways in their own end, they offered up many scoring chances for the Cru, who capitalized in this goofy game that seemed to come from a comic book. At the end of it all, the Cru strutted away with a 7-0 win, and one heck of a confidence boost.
Goalie Matt Tomkins made stopping 48 shots look easy in leading the Cru to victory. Scoring-wise, Sean MacTavish led all the Park players with two goals and an assist, while Nicholas Jones potted two of his own.
“It gives us a little bit of confidence when you get it going offensively and you feel like you can score,” Fragle said. “It’s one of those things where you get a reward for creating opportunities. We had some young guys tonight as well. It is really good to see the 16 and 17 year-olds produce.”
The Cru will be playing the Pontiacs (28-17-9) in Bonnyville on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. (past press-time). After that, it is on to Whitecourt for an away afternoon game re-match against the Wolverines on Monday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m.