Erie Otters’ Forward Plays Goalie, Allows 13 Goals Against, Named Game’s First Star (Video)
Luck has not been on the side of the OHL’s Erie Otters all season, and it was not on their side once again during Sunday’s game against the Niagara Ice Dogs. With one of their goaltenders, Devin Williams, sidelined with a concussion he sustained a few days earlier, and none of their other options in goal available for Sunday’s game, the Otters were forced to dress only one goaltender with the hope that Ramis Sadikov would not sustain an injury during the game.
And wouldn’t you know, less than two minutes into the game Sadikov was steamrolled by an Ice Dogs player, forcing him out of action.
Enter Otters’ forward Connor Crisp.
Crisp had been out of the Otters’ line-up since September with a shoulder injury, and he probably never imagined that when he returned to the ice he’d be standing between the pipes playing goal for his team. But once Sadikov’s return to the game was ruled out, Crisp headed to the dressing room and his transition from player to goalie began.
“I had no idea what I was doing. I had [teammate] Dane Fox strapping one pad on, our equipment manager doing up the other one, the goalie coach telling me what to do. It was a hectic 15 minutes of getting dressed. I’ve never been so nervous in my life…As soon as I got the nod from the coach, I was like, ‘Jesus, this is becoming so real right now.’ As soon as I stepped on the ice and could barely skate at first with the goalie skates on, I was thinking this could be a long day.”
It sure was a long day for Crisp, as he allowed 13 goals on 45 shots during the Otters’ 13-4 loss to the Ice Dogs. But despite posting an incredibly bad goals against average and save percentage, Crisp was still awarded the game’s first star and a standing ovation from the Ice Dogs’ fans.
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Hat Tip – [The National Post]