Saturday, March 26, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: SuperGore goes Beast Mode (and loses)

It’s a good thing Lucas Gore isn’t allergic to rubber, because he’s certainly seeing a lot of it these days.

The Chilliwack Bruins netminder has been left out to dry by his teammates more intensely than any other goalie in the league on a few occasions this season, but still has some pretty solid stats to his name. A prime example of that would be a March 16th shootout loss to the Spokane Chiefs where Gore made a whopping 77 saves, giving up just one goal!

No, you’re not seeing things – the kid made 77 stops in 65 minutes! If you’re wondering, and I’m sure you are, that appears to be a WHL regular season record (via Buzzing The Net).

Gore and the Bruins were back on the ice on Friday night for game one of their first round playoff series with the very same Spokane Chiefs, and guess what? He may very well have set a league record for saves in a playoff game!

While the WHL Record Book doesn’t seem to have the stat we’re looking for handy, let it be known that Lucas Gore stopped 60 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Chiefs! So, in exactly 135 minutes of hockey against Spokane, Gore has made 137 saves on 141 shots and lost both times!

Are you ready for some even crazier stats? Including the two games against Spokane, Gore has made at least 54 saves on five occasions this season and has a record of 0-1-2-2 in those games! On December 15th he stopped 54 shots in Red Deer, he made 64 saves in Seattle on February 20th and another 55 in the same place on March 11th. He’s also had seven more outings where he’s been called upon to make at least 41 saves, but is 5-2-0 in those tilts!

If the Chilliwack Bruins make it out of the first round in the WHL’s Western Conference, you can be that Lucas “Super” Gore had something to do with it!

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