Goalie Gets Number One Star, Despite Allowing 13 Goals


Connor Crisp allows 13 goals, gets first starBackup goaltender Devin Williams of the Erie Otters had been injured earlier in the week. Then, starter Ramis Sadikov was knocked out in the first two minutes of last Saturday's Ontario Hockey League game with the Niagara IceDogs.

So, center Connor Crisp was pressed into service.

Crisp had not played at all this season, while recovering from shoulder surgery.  In fact, the 17-year-old had not been in goal since he was five. He was listed as the emergency goalie, but never ever expected to play. 

Crisp, wearing Sadikov's skates, which were two sizes too small for him, allowed 13 goals, as Niagara skated away with a 13-4 victory.  Crisp made 32 saves and received a standing ovation from the crowd, as well as first star honors from the media. 

"Honestly, it was embarrassing to let some of those goals in, but I think the IceDogs' fans knew,” said the losing goalie. 

Crisp later added, “It's definitely something I will never forget."