Scott Gomez finally made his season debut with his hometown Alaska Aces Wednesday night scoring the winning goal plus an assist as the ECHL team beat the Colorado Eagles 4-3 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
Gomez agreed to a lockout style contract last week but only after deciding not to play following participation in the team’s September training camp. He attended the camp under the technicality of a professional tryout contract. When the season started he coached the team’s power play and worked on their radio broadcasts. He finally agreed to play for them last week.
“Yeah, I beat four guys and went top shelf,” Gomez said after the game.
Actually you’ll never see this goal on You Tube. According to the Alaska Daily News Gomez wasn’t sure he even scored it
Aces defenseman Corey Syvret partially fanned on his one-timer from the high slot, and as the puck slid slowly forward between the face-off circles, Nick Mazzolini whipped it toward the cage, where Gomez was stationed on the edge of the crease. Gomez wasn’t sure the puck hit him before ricocheting past Colorado goaltender Tyler Plante (34 saves), but he said referee Nick Leduc told him it did. “Who cares?” Gomez said. “We got the two points.”
Which again demonstrates that good things can happen when you’re in front of the net, which was where Gomez was stationed when Mazzolini let that shot go.
This is Gomez’ second stint with the Aces. He was the ECHL’s Most Valuable Player and scoring champion during the full season NHL lockout of 2004-05.
He is one of four NHLer’s from Anchorage to join the Aces during the NHL lockout. One of them, Columbus forward Brandon Dubinsky did not play Wednesday night because of a broken hand suffered Saturday night in Las Vegas. Dubinsky and Gomez were teammates in New York with the Rangers. The others are forwards Joey Crabb now with Washington and Tampa Bay’s Nate Thompson.
Gomez is the tenth member of the Canadiens to seek work elsewhere during the lockout including Desharnais, Weber and Diaz currently in Switzerland, Plekanec in the Czech Republic, Emelin and Markov in Russia and Eller in Finland. Max Pacioretty and Tomas Kaberle had brief stints overseas and have since returned home.