October 19, 2010
Pulling The Goalie
But NHL legend Babe Pratt went a little crazy with the tactic in a Pacific Coast League game back in 1950. But, amazingly, it worked!
Pratt's New Westminster team was trailing Vancouver 6-2 in the third period when he decided to pull the goalie. Did I mention that Pratt did this with 14 minutes still left in the game?!
Even though everyone thought he was crazy, Pratt played most of the rest of the game with an unprotected net. And New West inexplicably scored four goals while not surrendering one.
The game ended in a 6-6 tie even though New West had played much of the third period without a goalie!