Published: December 23, 2010 6:00 PM
Saturday night’s Mid-Island Blazers vs. Powell River Regals Men’s AA hockey game did not disappoint, and even though the final score was 6-4 in favour of the Regals, as one fan put it, “Now this was exciting hockey.”
Joining the Blazers’ lineup for their last home game were Dustin Frame and Cam Knox. Their presence helped both on defence as well as on the scoreboard.
Clearly this game personified the talent on both benches. In fact, if you’ve followed the Blazers this season, you’ll have noticed that each player plays a role whether it is goal scorer, aggressor or stay-at-home defenceman. The outcome of a game usually is decided by how well they play their roles.
The player that stole the show this game was Powell River’s Will Malcolm. He must be new to the team, as this is the first time the Blazers have skated against him. Not only was he responsible for four of the Regals’ six goals but he also managed to keep the Blazers distracted by being an agitator – more specifically a “Sean Avery-type agitator.”
The Blazers’ focus switched back and forth between shutting Malcom down and playing their game. When their focus was on their game, Malcom found himself in the penalty box. When their focus was on Malcom, the penalty box turned into a revolving door. At one point, there were five Blazers in the sin bin.
And so it went until about the eight-minute mark of the third period. This is when Malcom started to make mistakes. His first mistake was forgetting that what goes around, comes around. Unfortunately for him, it came around in the form of one of Steve Brown’s solid hip checks, which sent Malcom flying.
His second mistake was retaliating by attempting to put Brown in a head lock and force him to the ice – not a smart move. Picture this – it was kind of like a David vs. Goliath scenario. When Malcom realized that he was in trouble he resorted to ‘turtling’; no doubt thinking that he would only be handed another roughing penalty as he was in the second period when he turtled against the Blazers’ Dustin Frame.
His assumption was his third mistake. Referee Alex Bews saw right through it and ejected Malcom from the game without discussion. Of course Brown got shown the dressing room as well but not before receiving a cheer from the crowd.
All in all, you have to hand it to Malcolm. He played his roles very well and definitely contributed to the Regals’ win and to the excitement of this game.
The Blazers would like to take this opportunity to thank Eva Moore (scorekeeper), Tim McCarthy (timekeeper), Steve Butcher (game announcer) and Amber Larson (front door/50/50 co-ordinator) for volunteering their time.
They would also like to thank all the fans and the sponsors for their continued support.