All Electric lights up C League playoffs
BRECKENRIDGE – On the evening after the Colorado Avalanche exited the NHL playoffs, the All Electric C League hockey team did what the Avs couldn’t – score when it counted most.
All Electric’s Kent LaBough scored the winning goal with 44 seconds left in the game as All Electric defeated Fatty’s 2-1 to take home the C League recreational hockey championship title Wednesday night at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.
Just as spectators were discussing the rules regarding overtime, LaBough made the conversation irrelevant as he took a pass from Dick Carleton in front of the net and finessed the puck past Fatty’s goalie Tom Brideau.
“It was the best feeling I’ve had in a heck of a long time,” LaBough said.
The players spent much of the game battling at center ice as both Fatty’s and All Electric struggled to generate offense. After a scoreless first period in which each team got only four shots on net, Kerry Stanovsky scored for Fatty’s 2:40 into the second. Eight minutes later, All Electric’s Mike Baczkowski tied it up with a breakaway goal.
Both teams tried to put the pressure on in the third, but Brideau and All Electric goaltender John Madsen kept the score at 1-1 until LaBough’s last-second stunner. In the final minute, All Electric turned away a few last shot attempts by Fatty’s and hung on for the title.
According to All Electric, the win was the final word in a season-long rivalry between the two teams. Fatty’s, the top-seeded playoff team, won three of it’s four regular-season matchups with second seed All Electric, and the week leading up to the playoffs involved some psychological warfare from both sides.
“They were talking crap all week,” said All Electric’s Melissa Chodak.
“Yeah, we’ve been getting “motivational’ calls from (owner of Fatty’s Pizzeria) John Daisy,” Carleton added.
All Electric joins 2003 title holders Frozen Pirahnas (E League), Mountain Gazette (D League), and Spy Optics (B League). The final rec hockey game of the season, the A League championships, will take place Tuesday at 8:15 p.m.
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