You have to stay at home and can spend time on yourselves! For example, you can watch the most interesting games of hockey! We want to tell you about one of them today in our article. It is an epic battle between Carolina vs Toronto!
No one would have thought that a regular game would have such an unexpected ending for everyone. Carolina played its second match in two days and lost goalkeeper James Reimer at the beginning of the meet. Petr Mrazek got on the ice.
Mrazek withstood 20 minutes – flying up to the blue line to score and had a very hard clashed with Kyle Clifford. The Czech couldn’t get up for a couple of minutes and then went to the locker room, leaving Carolina without a goalkeeper. The NHL came up with an emergency position for goalkeepers. If a club cannot call a goalkeeper from a Farm or junior league, then the club can use the services of an emergency goalkeeper, as a rule, he is an amateur with little playing experience from the junior leagues. In this case, the emergency goalkeeper is not assigned to any team – he plays for those who don’t have goalkeepers.
The goalkeeper of the hour for “Carolina” was David Ayres – he works as a Zamboni driver for an ice harvester and pours ice for the Toronto Farm Club. Ayres was 42 at the time of his debut, the last time he played in the amateur league was in 2015 and had to play against a list of great players which consists of Matthews, Marner, Tavares, and Nylander.
When Ayres came out on the ice, during a game Carolina vs Toronto miracle happened! He made some saves and won an NHL match! True, the triumph was unnerving – the Zamboni driver quickly missed two goals and looked exactly like a 40-year-old NHL fan looks. However, in the third period, he gets confident and hits back 7 shots out of 7! It is worth noting the Carolina players – they did everything to take two points and helped Ayres make history.
“The second period was very nerve-wracking, but I told the guys in the locker room that as soon as we got to the third, I would win it,” Ayres said.
Of course, Ayres has become a star of social networks – admire his story on Twitter, the governor of North Carolina is ready to make the goalkeeper an honorary citizen. The club, as before, immediately responded to a powerful informational occasion – “Carolina” launched for sale merchandise with the name of the hero.