Records, Records, Records – by C. Scott Holland
The only place that has more records than what the league’s historian had to change after Tuesday night’s playoff action in his own house – and is in his office: his vinyl record collection.
It was almost like watching the Beatles or Elvis climb the charts in their heydays.
Even before any contests had ended the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs hammered 40 shots on Pelham goalie Stephen Harvey in the opening period of play. Harvey’s busy workout was only starting and he made it into the GOJHL record books by making 35 saves in the opening period and re-entered the record book by the time the drubbing had concluded by stopping 91 of 104 salvos aimed at him. The 43 goals scored by Caledonia is the most they have netted in any playoff series.
Next up was a pair of records in the London Nationals vs Strathroy Rockets’ match. The Rockets have seldom blanked any opponent in post-season and have only 6 total to their credit during the team’s entire playoff history as the Blades and Rockets. The 5-0 shutout of London by Dane Gubbels is only the fourth time that it has occurred at the WMMC and Strathroy has accomplished the feat only twice on the road.
The last shutout at the WMMC was a March 27, 2007 contest in which the Rockets prevailed over the Sarnia Legionnaires 3-0. It was game one of the West Conference finals and the goaltender was Justin Roethlingshoefer. To add some salt to the 5-0 wound inflicted upon London, the Rockets also set two scoring records. First Nick Griffin and Shane Bulitka shocked Nats’ goalie Zack Weir by tabbing goals only 12 seconds apart. Griffin’s came at the 47 second mark of the second and Bulitka’s at 59 seconds. Then they outdid themselves by claiming yet team another record when Dillon Saunders threaded the puck into the net at 1:20 to make it three goals in a meager span of 33 seconds.
Records are made to be broken and Tuesday night was certainly a time when the league’s historian may have wanted to take a few oldies from the shelf and give them a play – there will surely be a few more marks eclipsed this season.
C. Scott Holland is an accomplished author, a former Western Jr. B Hockey League statistician and is recognized as the West Conference’s and GOJHL’s historian. A lifelong resident of Leamington Scott was a journalist for the now defunct Leamington Post for 26 years and currently writes for the Southpoint Sun. Among the books he has authored are: 75 Years: A History of the Leamington and Erie Shores Golf Course; A Century In The Making – History of Heinz Canada 1909-2009; Leamington Flyers 1992/93-2011/12 Platinum Anniversary Special Program; the Western Jr. B Record Book 2003/04 and 2005/05 editions; as well as updates of both the West Conference and GOJHL Record Books. He was been a member of the Leamington Jr. Flyers hockey club for the last 27 years and served many years as a board member, statistician, press box announcer, and scorekeeper among other duties. He has been named the West Conference Volunteer of Year and a Windsor-Essex Sportsperson of Year award winner. He resides in Leamington.