March 24, 1997

Alumni have own golden boy

By Don Brennan -- Ottawa Sun
HOT PURSUIT: Ottawa Senators Alumni Jean Payette puts the hook on Dawson City Nugget Brian Gudmunson during yesterday's contest. The Nuggets were bombed 18-0.
   They didn't have a One-Eyed Frank McGee, but they did have a Two-Eyed Mitch Babin.
   And he more or less saw to it that the Alumni scoring was taken care of.
   Babin popped home the game winner at 1:24 of the first period and put the finishing touches on the day at 17:15 of the third in yesterday's 18-0 win over the Dawson City Nuggets.
   And while his five goals pale in comparison to the 14 scored by the Ottawa Silver Seven's McGee the last time the Nuggets were in town, such an output was a first for Babin.
   "I had four as a junior in North Bay once, in a playoff game," said Babin. "But never five.
   "You get a chance to play with Laurie Boschman, well it's like I won the lottery out there. It seems like every time I turned around he was making that same move and laying a pass right on the tape of my stick. It was a lot of fun."
   Babin, a 43-year-old civil servant, was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1974 and played a total of eight NHL games.
   "We knew what was going to happen today. We talked about winning the game, but they're ex-NHLers and we're an oldtimers team from Dawson City," said Nuggets captain John Flynn. "I would have loved to have been there for even just a cup of coffee.
   "It would have been nice to score a goal against them, but we played our hearts out."
   "They're so many levels above us, skill-wise," said Nuggets centre Kevin Anderson. "But you could tell by their expression when they missed the net, they weren't holding anything back."
   As for a possible rematch with Dawson City -- with the game held in the Yukon and the Alumni travelling there the same way the Nuggets made it here -- Boschman conceded his admiration for the Klondikers.
   "That last leg (of the journey, on dog sleds and snowmobiles) would be the toughest," he said. "I don't think many of us would be able to play as good after that."





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