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Greatest Single Game Performances

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I'm starting this thread so managers can post about game performances that should be acknowledged.  Whether it be a high performance rating you've never seen before, a hat trick, a multi-point game, a high-save shutout, whatever.  Not every manager sorts through every box score for their league every day.  Consider this the NHL Network for game world Cage where the analysts discuss the top plays and performances.

Anyways, I'll start.  There was a specific performance today that sparked this and the player is not even on my team.

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Season 3 - Day 51 - Enigma Rage vs. Eldred Elite.

Rage center, Brendan Rowlett, notched a Gordie Howe Hat Trick... and then some.  He registered 3 goals, 2 assists, a fight (which he WON), was also a +5 with a hit and a blocked shot.  And he did it with only 15 min TOI.

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I'm not sure if this will be topped any time soon, but the purpose of this thread is not a competition.  Just post what you feel deserves to be recognized.


*BISCUIT - SEASON 16 - TARNISHED SILVER BISCUIT PLATE CHAMPION*

 

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A while ago someone had mentioned a high (non goalie) performance rating and I forget what it was.  Today, Terho Huhtala had a performance rating of 88.  That might be the highest single game performance I've ever had from a skater position.

Interesting story around Huhtala.  I acquired him in an early season 2 trade that sent an all star goalie out West in exchange for Huhtala, Amick and a GHL 1st.  The jury is still out on whether it was a bad trade or not as I still feel like the goalie doesn't perform up to his rating, but on paper I probably shouldn't have made it.  I was hesitant to acquire him given his low Defense and Spirit, but he quickly became one of my top scorers in season 2 and always seemed to score in big moments (I guess that Heroic trait means something afterall).  Going into season 3 free agency, one of the games best forwards, Joesph Rackley, became available via relegation.  I decided to make a play for him, but needed to clear some cap first.  Huhtala became the odd man out and the only option was waivers.  I knew it was a giant risk as it left me with a smidge over 10 million to bid.  But... I tried to be sneaky about it, thinking that I could put Huhtala on waivers for an hour or so and recall him if I didn't sign Rackley (I actually made a suggestion quite some time ago that players should stay on waivers for at least 2 days before being able to call them back so don't judge me 😀).  But being on the East Coast, USA makes that plan difficult as free agents happen sometime between 2-4am.  Well around 1am I threw on on waivers and within 10 minutes someone claimed him.   To add insult to injury, my 10.1M bid was not enough to get Rackley as someone else ended up bidding 12+M (thanks Peekaboo... jerk).  So my high risk, high reward plan backfired greatly.  My offense really struggled last season and that was a big reason as I never managed to replace him.  I think the team that put the waiver bid reached out the following day and asked why I had put him on waivers and I explained my reasoning.  I'm pretty sure the other manager either offered to remove the claim or offer some type of trade for him, but I refused stating that I knew it was risky and that I should live with it and let it play out.  Think he ended up with 7-8 bids and eventually went to another Eastern team.  That team ended up relegating last season and I jumped on the chance to get him back... and it's a good thing because over the first 8 games he leads my team in points (7+4) with a +5 and 80 performance.  We are currently 5-0-2-1, but would probably be 1-0-2-5 without him.

Good times.


*BISCUIT - SEASON 16 - TARNISHED SILVER BISCUIT PLATE CHAMPION*

 

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Ah, Rackley...

Yeah, I like Huthala, he's on my (well, not too short) shortlist for quite some time. I think I did try to claim him last season as well, hehe.

Anyways, nice performance and rarely (if at all) seen by skater :) 


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This doesn't qualify as a great single game performance, but sometimes it's the little things.

Today the St. Thomas Stray Cats led the Big Delta Stealheads 1-0 early in the 3rd period.  At the 4-minute mark, Stealhead defenseman Aarno Reijonen dropped the gloves with Stray Cat (and former Stealhead) Zinedine Argouin.  Reijonen got his @ss kicked... bad... but that's besides the point.  The fight lit a fire under Big Delta and over the next 8.5 minutes, they out-shot the Stray Cats 11-1, scoring on 2 of those 11 shots and eventually holding on for the 2-1 win. 

Aarno Reijonen took one for the team and that sh!+ doesn't go unnoticed.

His stat line:  no goals, no assists, no hits, no shots, no blocks, no giveaways, no takeaways, 1 fight, 74 performance.


*BISCUIT - SEASON 16 - TARNISHED SILVER BISCUIT PLATE CHAMPION*

 

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