McLennan Has Been A Beacon In Flames Goal

By Mike Board

When a team is losing it’s often difficult to find a hero, a bright light in what can be a dark time.

The Calgary Flames, however, have had a hero throughout their recent slump in the form of goaltender Jamie McLennan. Picked up for a ninth-round draft pick from Minnesota in the off-season, the 31-year-old McLennan was expected to spell off No. 1 goalie Roman Turek once in a blue moon. But McLennan played in his 10th consecutive game Thursday, and he was as solid as ever in the Battle of Alberta, once again in a losing cause.

McLennan played for Richmond in the East Coast Hockey League in 1991-92. He was 16-12-2 and ranked fifth in the ECHL with a 3.72 goals against average and had a .891 save percentage in 32 regular season games for the Renegades.

“Hey, we are all in this together. It’s not a great feeling because you have pride and the bottom line in this league is winning,” said McLennan, who was scored on twice — the Oilers scored an empty-net goal — in the 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

It marked the seventh consecutive loss for the Flames, all with McLennan in net as Turek recovers from a broken finger.

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