Quick Pitches Shutout in Norsemen Debutby Matt MacInnis | November 22, 2011, 11:27 AM ET
The biggest move of the off-season showed immediate dividends in the Vancouver Island Norsemen’s season opener against Strait of Georgia rivals Vancouver Vipers.
During the latter stages of the off-season, GM MacInnis pulled off a pair of trades, moving three assets to eventually land Jonathan Quick, who was immediately anointed the goalie of the future for the franchise. The trade cost the team several valuable assets and the process took over a week to complete, but the team felt comfortable making the difficult decision.
Quick made his regular season debut last night and although he wasn’t busy, he was perfect. After facing no shots in the first period, he turned aside all 10 shots on net in the remaining two stanzas. Offensively, Sidney Crosby scored just 2:28 into the opening frame and the team never looked back, adding two more for a staggeringly decisive 3-0 win.
“Anytime you have more goals in a period than you opponent has shots you know you’ve played as close to perfect as a team as you can,” said Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. “It was a great way to start the season but we’re already turning out attention to tomorrow’s game against Edmonton and GM Frankandcheesie.”