The game of the Century, well at least it was the Ramblers first game of the Century. Here in pictures is the game as seen through the camcorder that recorded the event.
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The vantage point for the video and the still from it
|is the top
of the zamboni
room in the North corner of the rink.
The picture on this page are shown in sequence with the exception of this picture of the folks looking after the door and the 50/50 tickets.
With a good and friendly crowd they were enjoying their work and keeping a close eye on the happenings on the ice. The Ramblers have to pay for their ice time and finance their various projects through both ticket sales to games and the 50/50 draw at the end of each second period. The Ramblers are responible for holding the huge spring rodeo each year.
|Below on the left the Ramblers were first to make it on the scoreboard with a goal from Colin Marshall assisted by Jeremy Markwart at 13:57 left in the first period. The Mistatim Warriors bench handle the game well with discipline and quick changes.|
|At 10:58 left in the first period Scott Kearns scored on an assist from Shaen Magnus and Jim Fafonoff then just thirty three seconds later Mistatim came back as Blair Curry got the Warriors first goal of the century on a pass from Jay Maynard and Derrick Reed as seen below centre and below right.|
|Below left Jon Hamlin thought he had it as the puck dribbled beneath him and then worked its way over the goal line to make the score three to two for the Warriors at 9:31 left in the first period. Derrick Sekinger was credited with the goal and assists went to Chris Scucz and Kirk Smith. At the other end of the rink the Ramblers smacked away at Jeff Trombley who was batting the puck away as if he owned the thing.|
|After the Warriors third goal Hamlin turned up the intensity and as you can see below right he finished the period holding his own in spectacular fashion. In the centre picture below at 16:20 left in the second the Ramblers squared things up again making the score 3 - 3 as Colin Marshall got his second goal of the game assisted by Jordan Spagrud and Jeff Farber.|
|Jon Hamlin is a fast glove man and in the save seen below left, that glove was smokin'. In the centre picture at 15:35 left in the second Jay Maynard put in goal four with the help of Derrick Reed. Then at 11:07 left in the second Shane Magnus assisted by Scott Homstol and Brad Kirkland once again made it a tied game.|
|Jeff Trombley, the Warriors goalie for the first half of the game was outstanding with the save below left where he actually kicked the puck while inverted. At 9:51 the Warriors went ahead on a goal by Rudi Bettnel assisted by Kirk Smith making the score 5 to 4 buth that lead lasted for four minutes only when Al Lebanc slipped one by Trombley (below right) with the help of Luc Simoneau and the Warriors brought Keith Bechewski in to relieve Trombley.|
|As the second period wore on the level of contact increased in intensity and the referee responded by clamping down and handing out two checking from behind penalties. In the picture, below left Shane Magnus was levelled in the crease with a nasty cross check but it was some other interaction between the fans and the players that the fans are responding to in the centre picture. On the extreme right below with less then a minute left in the second period and the Ramblers short handed Kirk Smith of the Warriors scored their sixth goal with assists from Derrick Sekinger and Derrick Reed.|
|In the second minute of play of the third period the Ramblers have two players in the penalty box and Chad Olson gets the puck to player coach Brad Kirkland (below left) and the score is once more a tie 6 - 6. Two minutes later the Ramblers go ahead as Pete McAvoy, assisted by Ryan Turcotte and Chad Olson, makes the score 7 - 6 (centre below). Two minutes later (below right) Blair Curry on a break away gets by defense and Jon Hamlin to make it tied once more.|
|This game was what might be called wide open hockey as both teams changed their players quickly to keep the pace really fast and at 6:50 left in the third Scott Homstol on a pass from Jordan Spagrud took the Ramblers into yet another one point lead, the Tisdale customers were satisfied. Until two minutes later Blair Curry once again broke free at centre ice and Jon Hamlin was all alone, facing this relentless sniper who would make this his fifth goal of the century, he had been launched by a pass from Kirk Smith.|
|The last four minutes of the period were close for both teams but the clock ran out and it was a tie. Without leaving the ice both teams took a moment and then it was time for overtime with four skaters a team.|
|The new year just begun and already it seems like a championship game. The fans appreciated the game and readied themselves for overtime.|
|Jon Hamlin was cautious and busy in overtime but it was no surprise when Blair Curry broke out of his own end sprinted by defense and the game was history. A fabulous start for this new year.|
|There is no doubt folks will talk about this game for a long while looking forward to the next time these two teams meet in a game as closely matched. And for FTLComm's three star selection: Third star goes to Jeff Trombley, second star to Scott Homstol and the star of the game Blair Curry.|