Hey, just a quick update for those of you who might have been wondering why Alaska Aces goaltender Mark Guggenberger left tonight's 6-3 win over Bakersfield with more than six minutes to play. He was replaced in goal by Laurent Brossoit.
Those of us in attendance could tell Guggenberger was having mad problems with his right skate in the third period. He had it worked on at least three times at the bench during stops in play, but it turned out his blade was so thrashed his skate would have had to be taken to the skate sharpener in the dressing room for the necessary repair. And goalies can't just bail like a skater.
Aces equipment manager Mike Burkhead said Guggenberger's blade got trashed when it smashed into a goal post early in the third period on a play in which defenseman James Martin was whistled for holding (good penalty, by the way, necessary in The Blog's judgment, for whatever that's worth).
Aces captain Nick Mazzolini said he even iced the puck intentionally at one point because he could see Guggenberger was having a skate problem and could use a stop in play.
Said Guggenberger: "I had to get out of there. I didn't want to hurt the team or myself.''
Guggenberger stopped 24 of 27 shots for the win. Brossoit stopped all eight shots he faced.