The first tests of the new season went unexpectedly well. I picked very average league teams: Vancouver and Vegas not expecting much from their play.
But… they put on quite a show! Vegas rolled the dice with very bad morale in the first two periods causing them to get into big trouble.
Elias Pettersson scored a hattrick, also 3 points were collected by great defenseman Quinn Hughes. At the end 5-3 to Vancouver. Time to test the stronger teams.
Vancouver 3 2 0 5
Vegas 1 0 2 3
1:0 Hughes (VAN, assists: Pearson, Elman Larsson)
1:1 Stephenson (VEG, pen. shot)
2:1 Pettersson (VAN, Miller, Garland)
3:1 Pettersson (VAN, Schenn)
4:1 Garland (VAN, Hughes, Pettersson)
5:1 Pettersson (VAN, Hughes, Highmore)
5:2 Janmark (VEG, Stone, McNabb)
5:3 PPG Janmark (VEG, Stone)
Penalties: VEG: Dadonov (2 min), VAN: Burroughs(2), Hughes(2), Miller(2)
PP: VAN 0/1, VEG 1/3
Wayne Gretzky accumulated 215 points (52 goals + 163 assists) in 80 games during the 1985/86 NHL season! This is what his player card would probably look like in the “Solo Hockey”: