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Hurricanes turn to a 42-year-old Zamboni driver as their emergency goalie — and he preserves the win

The Carolina Hurricanes were forced to use an emergency goaltender against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night after both of their goalies left with injuries.

David Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies, served as the emergency goalie. And he stopped eight of 10 shots to help the Hurricanes win 6-3.

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Ayres, 42, was forced into action in Marlies gear and a Hurricanes jersey midway through the second period after James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were injured. The Hurricanes were leading 3-1 when Ayres took over, and he played the final 28 minutes, 41 seconds.

Ayres, from Whitby, Ontario, has backed up both the Marlies — the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate — and Charlotte Checkers of the AHL in the past.

Reimer started, but left just 6 minutes, 10 seconds into the first period with a lower-body injury after Zach Hyman shoved a Hurricanes defenseman on top of him in the crease.

Mrazek came in but also had to leave after a collision with Leafs forward Kyle Clifford while attempting to play the puck near the faceoff dot in the Hurricanes zone in the second.

Hyman and Clifford were given penalties.

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