So here's a story you don't see very day. A goaltender in the OHL gave up 13 goals in his team's 13-4 loss. And he was given the first star of the game.
Yea, that needs more of an explanation, now doesn't it? In the opening minutes of the game, Erie goaltender Ramis Sadikov was forced to leave the game due to injury. Considering the backup Devin Williams had failed a concussion test earlier in the weekend and the other available goalies were busy elsewhere, they were up the creek without a paddle.
Insert forward Connor Crisp as the emergency goaltender. That's how you end up with the first star having a goals against average a shade under 13.00 on the day.
"I'm a road hockey goalie,” Crisp said following the game. “But that's the first time I've put on goalie equipment and played on ice since I was 5."
In addition to the memory of the game itself, he’ll be feeling the effects for a few days.
"My feet are still cramped,” Crisp said. “I can hardly walk right now."
Ah yes, the joy of goalie skates. I know the feeling, man. Not a lot of fun when they don’t fit right.
Courtesy of Jeff Marek of Sportsnet, here is a statement on the matter from Erie general manager Sherwood Bassin.
"Late last night our backup goaltender failed a concussion test. I looked at our alternatives; one of our goaltenders was playing in the Ontario Junior C Championships, the other in the Midget Ontario Championships. I studied our alternatives based on the 2000 or so games I've been involved in. This turned out to be a bad decision.
"I accept full responsibility and apologize publicly for the embarrassment to the league and the sport of hockey that I love. I have deep respect for our league and sport."
I get that it's a slightly embarrassing situation for him and his team, but really, what's the apology for? The team was in a tight spot and they had to use a skater in net. No biggie.
Considering Niagra is first in its division at 42-17-0-3 while Erie is 19 points behind every other team in the entire league at just 10-46-3-3, I don't think they were likely in store for a good shot anyway. Especially considering Crisp actually faced 45 shots in his 58:15 of action between the pipes.