With several Swan Valley Credit Union regulars otherwise occupied, the future of the Oldtimers, as well as some veteran talent, rose to the occasion Friday night in a record-setting performance that will have the club’s brain trust working overtime considering who will be slotted into key positions as the year-end tourney rolls around.
The visiting Oldtimers spotted the Minitonas Loggers the first goal, then rattled off 18 of the next 24 goals for an amazing 18-7 victory Friday night at the Minitonas Comuniplex. The lone fan in the crowd was literally stunned – or bored – with the offensive out put.
Veteran talent Pat Morden, who took the team on his shoulders, fired home four goals on this evening. There wasn’t a place on the ice he couldn’t score from, as he played a split forward-defence game.
Fellow veteran Chris Zamzow put the Oldtimers on even terms 10 minutes into the game, literally opening the floodgates. He scored three goals in what is rumoured to be his final game of the year.
In pondering whether his eight games this year was worth his inclusion in this year’s team, he eyed up the second case of Bud Light and encouraged the winning team to prolong the post-game celebration.
Netting two goals each was willy veteran Randy Mateika, who turned down a chance for a hatty of his own by dishing off to Derek “Stone Hands” Holtom late in the game, who somehow managed to score a pair of his own. Mateika’s selfless act won’t soon be forgotten by Holtom, who is quickly burning as many bridges in the community as possible.
Also denting the twine twice were call ups Ryan Cable and Riley Morden, as well as affiliate Brad Cox. Danglin’ Danton Ashcroft, playing after being awake 26 hours, also scored. The young call ups showed their cardio in the second period with 10 minute shifts. Zamzow skated with them step-for-step, putting on a display of how out how valuable he would be tourney time. “Craig who?” was whispered more than once on the bench.
The only two players who didn’t score was newly-signed netminder “Fudd”, who withstood an early barrage to finish with a respectable .900 save percentage and another “W”, and Mark “Mini” Munro, who had no less than six helpers. His timely beaking of the opponents from the bench also kiboshed more than one promising rush.
In other team news, a wannabe bowling team opted to roll for it Friday rather than lace up the skates. Craig “Twinkletoes” Zamzow, Blaine “Big Ern” Campbell and Wade”7-10 split” Cable combined for a team score of 455, 22 pins above average!
Here’s a video of the final shot by one of the now-professional bowlers on our team.