AJHL goalie Zach Fortin makes ‘save of the decade’ in shootout win (VIDEO)
A single save from Fort McMurray Oil Barons goalie Zach Fortin was worth the price of admission in an AJHL game at Casman Centre on Wednesday night.
In the eighth round of the shootout, Fortin made a miraculous stop on Bonnyville Pontiacs wing Brady Bakke. He kicked his right leg up when he was down and out to make the ‘save of the decade’ according to Oil Barons play-by-play announcer Tyler King.
Fittingly, the Barons went on to win the game 4-3 in the 11th round of the shootout when Mark Drohan found the back of the net. The icing on the cake is how the victory broke a four-game losing streak.
Fort McMurray is ultimately fortunate to have Fortin, 19, guarding its blue paint. He spent the last two years splitting time between the Quebec Remparts, Rimouski Oceanic and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the QMJHL. But partially because of how the Eagles didn’t start him right away in last year’s playoffs against the Gatineau Olympiques, the St-Jerome, PQ., native decided to look for a new hockey home at the end of last season. He ended up moving across Canada to Alberta because his personal goalie coach, Scott Gouthro, had a connection with the Barons. The club’s bench boss, Curtis Hunt, and Gouthro worked together as coaches on Canada’s national men’s sledge hockey team at the at the Paralympics in Sochi.
Kelly Friesen is a Buzzing the Net columnist for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KellyFriesen