It was February 17th, 2017 and the Crusaders were taking on their southern rivals the Camrose Kodiaks.
It was a sell out crowd at the Sherwood Park Arena with fans coming from all over to see these two rivals clash. The Crusaders also invited out Brentwood Elementary School to come to cheer on the team.
Plenty was at stake during the evening’s tilt, with Tanner Younghans and Ryan Rebelato both playing against their former teams, while on the Kodiaks side Sherwood Park product Joseph Tambasco was playing back in his hometown.
Fans were gifted with excellent performances from both teams.
The Crusaders opened up the scoring courtesy of Tyler Maltby after receiving a beautiful pass from Ty Readman. Camrose responded shortly after a mistake by the Crusaders allowed them back into the game. The goal didn’t phase them, however, with a patented Cam Reagan point shot giving them the lead again in the second.
Aside from the goals, the Crusaders got an outstanding performance from netminder Jake Morrissey, making save after save to keep the lead. Morrissey finished up with 32 saves on 33 shots. However, that was not his only highlight of the game.
In the final minutes of the third, Camrose pulled Patrick Gora and piled on the pressure trying to tie up the game. Morrissey made a stop which ended up behind the net to a Kodiak forward. The Kodiak then went to pass the puck but put it right between the two of them and right into his own net: the goal was credited to netminder Jake Morrissey.
It was a phenomenal moment for everybody watching but mostly for Morrissey himself. He really let the moment happen and celebrated like there was no tomorrow, understandably. It’s not every day you see a goaltender score. You could even see the pure delight and excitement his teams had for him. An amazing moment in Crusaders history.
Check out Jake Morrissey’s postgame reaction after his golden moment.