You’re not supposed to leave the net open and live to tell the story of a tremendous save, the operative phrase being “supposed to.” Luckily for the St. Johns Ice Caps, that’s exactly what happened because right wing Bud Holloway made the save of his life.
I can’t begin to fathom how difficult it is to block a small, black object traveling about 90 mph with a mask that’s visually limiting. Now think about that while diving to block said object. With a wide-open net, Holloway came out of nowhere, hurled himself across the ice, lifted his stick — and swatted the puck away.
This falls into the category of seeing is believing.
That takes dexterity, anticipation, a crap ton of guts and some other ingredients that I don’t know even exists. Holloway and the Caps got iced 4-1 by the Binghmanton Senators, but at least he leaves with one helluva consolation prize.