Bachman stellar in goal
Forty-seven pucks were fired at him Tuesday night at the RMU Island Sports Complex during the Golden Tornado’s 3-1 PIHL Class AAA semifinal win over
Bachman was happy he and his teammates skated off the ice in one piece.
“Johnny (Fair) blocked four shots in the last minute,” Bachman said. “I don’t know how he’s standing right now.”
How Bachman handled the assault is a big reason the sixth-seeded Golden Tornado (
The second-seeded Indians (
“I don’t have the vocabulary to describe how well (Bachman) played,”
Sam Barnes started the assault for
Adam Alavi, who had a number of good chances, also was stopped by Bachman’s glove with left in the first.
“Clay is our rock. He’s our heartbeat,”
Bachman finished the regular season third in Class AAA in save percentage (.909) and sixth in goals against average (2.79) among all goalies playing 10 games or more.
The Indians also had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 90 seconds.
“We keep working and there was a lot of action tonight, which kept me on my toes,” Bachman said. “My heartbeat was going. It was exciting.”
His teammates shared his joy.
Junior forward Connor Scott thought it was the best performance he’s ever seen in net.
“I don’t think you’ll ever see an effort like that in net for a long time,” Scott said. “It’s unbelievable to have him on this team.”
In the next round, Bachman will need the same sense of urgency. Canon-McMillan leads the league with 113 goals — 4.7 per game — and defeated top-seeded
Until then, Bachman plans to relax a little.
Nothing else should be heading his way.
“It’s a relief now,” Bachman said. “It’s kind of nice. It was crazy. Oh, my goodness.”