Barons goaltender Richard Bachman was on the brink of his first shutout in two years when the Abbotsford Heat showed why teams pull their goalie the final minute for an extra skater.
Paul Byron poked in a loose puck with 38 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and Abbotsford won 2-1 in a shootout Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center on a night both goalies played well.
“Overall I thought we played a pretty good game,” Bachman said. “You never want to give up a goal that late in a game. I wanted to make that save. You really can't fault our D-men. They blocked the shot. It got lost at their feet and they just whacked it in.”
Although he's been an NHL backup the past two seasons, Bachman said Saturday's game was his first shootout in two years. Abbotsford's first two skaters both scored. Derek Nesbitt was the only one of five OKC shooters to light the lamp in the shootout.
Still, Saturday's game was indicative of Bachman's start this season. His overall stats are solid: A 1.99 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
“That's not bad,” quipped Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He was great again tonight. He made some great saves when we had some breakdowns. He gave us a chance. I'm just disappointed we couldn't get that shutout for him. That's hockey.”