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STREAKS AND CONCIDENCES


Salmon Kings Booster Club

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For the second time in three games, the Victoria Salmon Kings have won a game in a shootout by the identical 3-2 score. This time the victory came in a rink that has often frustrated Salmon Kings fortunes. Randall Gelech would open the scoring and in the second Chad Painchaud made it 2-0. Shortly after captain Wes Goldie missed on a breakway, the puck ended up on Aces captain Scott Burt's stick. Burt then send the puck flying into the Victoria net. With the Aces third line buzzing, they created the space that allowed Bryan Miller to tie the game with a little less than two minutes played in the third. Overtime solved nothing, thus both teams advanced to what some call "the dreaded shootout." For Victoria it was deju vu all over again. As in Utah, Wes Goldie scored in the opening round. Alexandre Imbeault would tie the shootout in the third round, then as against the Grizzlies, Mike Hamilton's fifth round attack proved to be the game winner. CONGRATUALTIONS TO ALASKA STAR SELECTION TEAM....for the seond night in a row, the Sullivan Arena Star selectors showed objectivity and hockey knowldge that is all to often lacking in the National Conference. David Shantz was, for the second night, named First Star, Aces Colin Hemminway was Second Star, and with a first goal assist and the shootout winner, Mike Hamilton was chosen Third Star. EVEN NUMBERS---yes an even game on the score and in other areas. Shot advantage Victoria 31-39, plus minus as a team had the Salmon Kings at plus two and the Aces at minust two, plus minor penalties had Victoria with four and Alaska with three. STREAK NUMBER COINCIDENCE...both the ECHL and NHL have the same numbers for the longest winning streaks in their top two. In Jan-Feb 2008 the Cincinnati Cyclones won 17 straight, as did the 1993 Mario Lemieux led Pittsburgh Penguins. With a streak of 15 wins last season, the Salmon Kings have the second longest ECHL victory streak. The 1982 Stanley Cup bound New York Islanders had the identical streak of 15 in 1982. Now with twelve in their current streak, the Salmon Kings are tied with seven teams at this mark. An interesting note is that one of them was the 1989-90 Erie Panthers, who later became the Baton Rouge Kingfishers before their rights were transferred and the franchise became the Victoria Salmon Kings.

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