Goalies and Clubs Assault Record Book – by C. Scott Holland
On a night when several teams opened playoff action for the 2015/16, two of the GOJHL’s top goaltenders set their sights on setting new playoff records not only for their own teams but for the GOJHL.
It’s already been an incredible and magical season for Leamington’s Tyler Wall as he had added to his team and West Conference goaltending records by setting a new GOJHL and West Conference mark for the lowest number of saves in one period by making just one in the opening frame of the Leamington Flyers’ first game vs the St. Marys Lincolns. Wall made only 11 total saves in the game to better a West Conference and GOJHL mark of 12 set by LaSalle’s Connor Lyons back in doing the same in the game one of an opening series vs St. Thomas.
Wall’s lowest number of saves also lowered the Flyers’ mark of 19 made by Jure Peno back in game five of a semi-final series against the Chatham Maroons (game 5 March 14, 1999.)
But on a night when those two records fell, Mark Sinclaiir of the Caledonia Corvairs was also carved his own name into the record book. Sinclair would take Wall’s record low number of saves and go a few better by making only 8 in his first round match against the Pelham Panthers. That both happened on the same night is a sign of the supremacy of both goalies in the GOJHL.
While Wall set his in the opening frame, Sinclair and the Covairs matched that mark by the same in the second stanza of their contest.
But the Corvairs too it one step further by only allowing the Panthers a total of 9 shots on net during their the entire game. It was certainly a night when both the Leamington and Caleldonia defenses were in high gear and at their best.
Kudos to both clubs for the exceptional defensive work!