Not to pump our own tires (The Blog typed, while preparing to pump The Blog's tires) but check out Sunday's dead-trees edition of the ADN, or get online, because the Alaska Aces game story of their 4-1 win over Colorado tonight is all Wes Goldie, all the time.
Goldie scored what proved to be the game-winning strike, and it marked the 368th goal of the sniper's ECHL career, tying Rod Taylor's all-time mark.
He scored late in the first period on, inexplicably, a shot along the ice off a feed from Nick Mazzolini -- this from the guy whose signature snipe is top-shelf, glove-side.
The Aces tried to get Goldie the record in the last four minutes, when they had two power plays, and he was out pretty much the whole time.
"It's like a hidden bag skate,'' joked Goldie's center, Brian Swanson -- well, he was half-joking, and like the rest of the crew really wanted to get the record in front of a SRO crowd of 6,599 in Alaska's regular-season home finale at Sullivan Arena.
Goldie's goal was not only the record-tying strike, but his 600th ECHL point -- the future ECHL Hall of Famer is just one of seven guys to hit that milestone.
The Blog did some quick research -- the goal was also the 56th game-winning goal of Goldie's ECHL career. Do you know how many dudes have played in the quarter century this league has been around and not even sniffed 56 career goals, let alone winners? Man...
Crowd chanted "Goldie! Goldie! Goldie!'' near the end. Cool.
Only downside to the night was what looked like a bad injury to league-leading scorer Chad Costello of the Eagles in the second period. As Aces defenseman Chad Anderson carried the puck behind his net and fended off an Eagles player behind him, Costello fore-checked and collided with the big blueliner right knee-to-right knee.
Costello went down in obvious pain and was helped off the ice. The Blog is not a doctor, but has seen a lot of knee-to-knees in his old-man career and that did not look good -- what it looked like is a guy who blew out his knee. Will keep fingers crossed for Costello, who by all accounts is an excellent fellow.
Anyhow, check out Sunday's Goldie story, if not in the actual dead-trees paper, at least online -- hey, if you check it out online, it'll get "hits,'' which will, you know, maybe save The Blog's job one day in a business that seemingly is all about online hits.