Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 11/14/08 at 05:32 PM ET
From Gare Joyce at Sportsnet:
Junior is like any other level of hockey. Good goaltending gives a decent club a chance to beat anybody. Something less can undo a powerhouse.
I’m dating myself here but I recall a Toronto Marlies team in 1972 that was as good or better than the franchise’s other powerhouses of that era, including a couple that won Memorial Cups. The ‘72 Marlies were loaded with first-rounders and ran away with the regular-season championship. A mere infant, my world came undone when the Peterborough Petes knocked them off in the playoffs and I put it down to the cruelty of the fates. Years later I had a chance to ask a member of that team, Bob Gainey (this was Bob Gainey before he became that Bob Gainey), exactly how they pulled it off. “Goaltending,” he said expansively.
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