Panthers 3 Fife Flyers 2 (After OT & Pens)

I don’t normally do match reviews but after a night of reflection I think it’s only right and proper that there should be some sort of TCW documentation for a quite unique game.

Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to Fife Flyers netminder Garrett Zemlak who produced the finest display of goaltending I have ever seen in nearly 30 years of watching the sport. To save 74 of 76 shots faced (97.36%) is a quite amazing statistic, but it was the quality of some of the saves that boggled the mind. Looking back on the TCW Live coverage I don’t think there have ever been so many comments from Iain or myself remarking on yet another ‘incredible’ save.
Two particular saves stand out, the first was where the puck came across and was fired at a seemingly empty net (I forget who by) until Zemlak managed to get across his crease and get something on the puck to knock it away. Those around me stared on in open mouthed astonishment at a truly wonder save, Iain even described it as similar to Frank Pietrangelo’s stop for Pittsburgh Penguins against Peter Stastny of New Jersey Devils in the 1991 Stanley Cup play-offs that is simply titled ‘The Save’.
The second was a stop from Danny Meyers. The puck once again came across for Meyers to blast into an empty net, only for Zemlak to get his pad across and stop the certain goal, leaving the Panthers captain looking to the heavens in disbelief!
Quite rightly Zemlak was awarded man of the match and thoroughly deserved the rapturous standing ovation he received from everyone in the building as he skated off the ice.

As for the Panthers, I feel that some of the criticism that is coming their way after the game is unfair. Let’s be honest, there is a massive gulf between the Panthers and Fife Flyers and a shot stat of 76-11 shows that. Statistics don’t often lie, and that one shows the players did their job at both ends of the ice. If (and it’s a big if) we manage 70+ shots in a game again this season I would expect us to score more than 2! I think yesterday was just one of those freak occurrences that you sometimes get in sport and Zemlak deserves his time in the spotlight for it.
I don’t think there was much more the Panthers could do. They were creating the chances and I don’t think Fife could have had any complaints if Panthers had managed double figures, such was the home teams superiority. All the forwards can do is create the chances and get them on net, the goals will take care of themselves.

In conclusion, the Panthers get two points in their title quest and the Flyers get an unexpected point that will hopefully install a bit of confidence and kick start their season. A win-win situation?


4 Responses to “Panthers 3 Fife Flyers 2 (After OT & Pens)”

  1. 1 Steve November 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Absolutely outstanding nettie….. I doubt he’ll still be with Fife next year though 😉

  2. 2 Brenda November 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Exactly my thoughts on the game Jono, What netminding. He probably wont do it again against any other team but at least we saw it.

  3. 3 Ron November 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I think you witnessed the BEST goalie in the league

  4. 4 Grumpyminer November 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Also in complete agreement with you Jono. Zemlak was incredible and Panthers played well enough to create the chances. The Fife defence left the shooting lanes open and prevented quick passing.
    my worry is that once again we don’t seem to be able to switch things around if Plan a isn’t working!

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