Special Edition GDB 1.0: Christmas Hope
In what is sure to become an instant classic between two powerhouse teams, City and Media clashed tonight down at the Nicolas Sheran Ice Centre. While you will surely be able to catch it in the future on ESPN Classic, it will never live up to experiencing it first hand.
What. A. Game.
There were goals, and more goals, and even some huge saves. But when push came to shove, it was City that managed to emerge triumphant.
Team media came out like a house on fire as CJOC’s Jordan Karst made the best of a two on one rush to put them up 1 – 0. Thankfully for City, they happen to have emergency professionals for just such an occasion. City would tie it up on a strange bounce off goaltender Terry Vogt’s head. I’m gonna blame the Go Pro. A few minutes later Rosie of Rock 106 would snipe top shelf to put Media up 2-1. It didn’t take long before Hurricane alum Mike Wuchterl would go circa 2008 and score a beauty to tie things up. At that point, team City really started to pour it on with two quick goals, building a 4 – 2 lead. Terry Vogt would come up with one of the best saves of the game shortly after, keeping the game well within reach for Media. Hyggen responded for City with a huge poke-check effort on what looked to be a sure goal
Peter Anholt showed off some silky mitts early in the second period as he skated the puck out of his own zone and through a number of forecheckers. Dylan Purcell also did his part in rallying the troops with his big booming voice. It turned out his voice heralded (ha) good tidings of great joy as Dylan turn out to be a difference maker. His leadership paid off as he blazed into the City zone and unleashed a muffin low along the ice. The hockey gods were smiling down as the puck found a way through Blaine Hyggen. Purcell immediately lost all the leadership and respect he had earned due to a celebration that would make Nail Yakupov blush (but was the highlight of the night). City would strike again late in the second and regain their two-goal lead for the buzzer sounded.
It didn’t take long for the officials to take the game over in the third period. Faster than you could say “third bridge to the west side”, and on what mayor-maynot (wink) have been one of the worst tripping calls I’ve ever seen, Media found itself on the powerplay. I should also mention that Dylan Purcell was traded in the second intermission and skated for City for the final frame. City was playing decent, but they certainly lacked an edge. There was little to no spark and they refused to get involved after the whistles. Let’s just say the city workers were keeping things… civil.
The two teams traded goals soon after. Wuchterl got his second of the game after sporting a batman mask for a few shifts, and Angela Bruce potted one on the other end. City answered back quickly as Wuchterl completed the hat trick to put City up 7 – 5. Purcell did his best to sabotage his new team with a pretty bold offside call. Spearman would once again call City on a penalty and a nice deke was Hyggen’s undoing. Media pulled within one. 7 – 6.
You could cut the tension with a knife. Everyone knew what was at stake. In that moment, a hero was needed. Tonight, the hero was Jeff Takeyasu. Jeff snuck behind the Media defense and scored on a lovely breakaway feed to put City up 8 – 6. City would salt it away with an empty-net goal before the buzzer sounded.
Final score. 9 – 6 City.
It was a great event and I want to say congrats to everyone who donated and all of those involved. Also a big shout out to Blaine Hyggen for all the work he did in organizing and promoting the event.
Well done guys! Looking forward to next year!