Play Of The Year On The Last Day Of Regular Season!?
February 4, 2014. 11:15pm. Centre 76 in Athens Ontario. On this date and time, there was witnessed perhaps the greatest individual effort in Sports history.
Setting the scene. On this cold, blustery, Canadian night, two teams of warriors were battling. The playoff match ups were all but set, so tonight was about pride.
The first half came to a close with the Dixie Electric Shockers holding a narrow 3-2 lead on forever rivals Skoda MinCom Realty, a team desperately holding onto it's European roots.
Puck drops on the second half, this war is at a fever pitch back and forth, each team trading goals...then a miracle play happened...right before both teams and the rousing 7 people in attendances very eyes.
Chris McCann, local celebrity and superstar had just back checked for the 3rd time this season, preventing a sure goal on perennial 8 goal scorer Justin Raison's stick.
On came the cavalry, Chris darted up ice, followed tryingly by loyal linemates Mike Hudson and Mike McCann, Chris made a move passing Dixie's defencemen as if they were cardboard cutouts of the very hockey players they tried to emulate.
A shot on goal. Pat Brown, the hero of our story, makes a miraculous save, something he's failed to do on Chris McCann's previous 22 attempts. But, in the shock and awe of this spectacle, a melee ensued, Players becamed entangled, the puck came to rest behind the net, Brown was sent sprawling to left, his trusty trapper, went flying through air to the right. A product of an ill-advised glove adjustment combined with his ever-troubling sweaty palms. It was Chaos.
Through the haze of this madness, Chris McCann found the puck behind the net, and almost instinctively passed it to his loyal brother Mike, it was almost Sedin sister-esque in it's mastery. With players still scrambling, Mike unleashed a shot, with nothing but net on his mind.
But on this day, Pat Brown had other intentions. Putting his own well being aside, he shot his right hand, his BARE hand, out like a bolt of lightning, knocking the puck away from it's rightful home between the 4 by 6 red steel.
I tell you time stood still at that moment. The amazement of what we all just experienced, will probably live on inside of us, forever.
Mincom would later come down a score five hole, 28 seconds later.