CRAIG Agass produced one of the best comeback performances in the history of the Basingstoke Buffalo as he recorded a shut-out in his first game back after five years out.
The new Buffalo netminder’s feat was even more outstanding as it was achieved at league leaders Peterborough Islanders and he helped his side to a 3-0 win, turning away 46 shots.
Agass is now looking forward to home debut this Sunday (face-off 6.30pm), when the Basingstoke side face a visit from the Romford Fury.
It has been a long road back for the new Buffalo goalie, who, having suffered cancer as a teenager, then suffered a bad ankle injury, which saw him turn his attentions to coaching.
Agass said: “I have always wanted to get back to playing, trying to skate on my ankle.
“This year I was given the chance to help out at Bison training as a netminder when Stevie Lyle is not around and that has really helped me.”
He added: “I can’t remember much about the game. It was a really emotional experience and it only really sunk in when I picked up the man-of-the-match award.
“It was a great to win, but it was not all about me, all the team played their part.”
Buffalo player/coach Simon Beere said: “This was the best netminding display I have seen in the 25 years of playing the game. It was really something special. Even the goal judges were clapping him.”
All of the visitors goals in the victory at Peterbrough came in the last 15 minutes, starting with a great strike from Kurt Tyrrell, assisted by Greg Martyn and Mark Pitts.
Just 47 seconds later, the lead was doubled as Daniel Lackey netted from Beere and Neil Leary.
It was left to Beere with an unassisted strike to make sure of the victory.