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REPORTING · 6th November 2010
Merv Ritchie
Hard hitting but clean, action packed game has hockey fans thrilled to the end

Fifty nine minutes went by without a goal at the Terrace Arena tonight, Saturday, November 6th. Pucks bounced off of crossbars, were caught mid air by the goalies, driven into their pads and poked in the corners but nothing made it between the posts until the last minute of the third in a drive by the Riverkings. It was a nice setup by #10 Chris Brown who fought to keep the puck inside the Wolverine blue line, brought in by #13 Kyle Holtom. He made a quick pass, after some fancy stickwork, back to Holtom who wasted no time in making a hard angle shot from the right side of the net. This shot was deftly deflected into the net by #19 Taylor Mallet at 59.06 seconds remaining in the game.

The Terrace Arena erupted in celebration as the hometown crowd knew they were watching their home team add another two points to their unblemished record. Officially it stands at 5 wins - no losses for the Terrace Riverkings.

This meets the test for the best record in the CIHL. Although some teams have more points, having played more games thus far this season, none are recorded as being undefeated. The Kings only unofficial defeat was by the Prince Rupert Rampage when they (the Rampage) had two unregistered players on the ice forcing them to forfeit the game, the win was not a legitimate game; Terrace got the points and the unblemished record.

There were no fights either in this Hazelton/Terrace match and very few penalties were called. This may also be a record breaker. Some minor pushing and shoving and an unrecorded elbowing, but no knock down, throw off the gloves and pull your sweater up over your head challenges, just fast paced hockey action.

Terrace was clearly the dominant force. They were able to maintain control of the puck and mostly keep it out of their end but the Hazelton Goal keeper, Cody Smith, was a perfect match beating the Kings offense with remarkable talent. The same display of talent was seen at the other end of the ice by the Riverkings, Scott Fillon, but just not as frequently.

The last five minutes saw the pace pick up as both knew a goal would mean a win but the weariness seemed to show on both teams as each dropped the puck to the opposing team in front of their own nets. The screams of shock and utter surprise had the arena in an uproar. The net minders were flawless. The tension was building as the minutes passed and the game was coming to a scoreless close when with just 59 seconds on the clock the Kings were finally able to penetrate the impenetrable.

With so few penalties and almost no stoppages for goals; with the talented players on both teams avoiding offside and icing calls, this may have been the fastest senior men’s hockey game ever played in the Terrace arena.

Watch the last two minutes by clicking Here.