It’s one of the rarer plays in hockey – a goalie scoring a goal on the other team. I mean yeah, it happens often enough that a goalie puts a puck into his or her OWN net, but the opposite is significantly less common… But it DID happen in last night’s WHL game between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Starting in net for the Hurricanes was Stuart Skinner.
— #HitmenHaveHart (@WHLHitmen) February 14, 2016
Much like the OHL closer to home, this is the final weekend of regular season play in the WHL. Going into last night’s game, the Hurricanes were looking to lock down the #1 spot in the WHL’s Central Division – and a win would do that… And win they did, with 15 of the Hurricanes 18 skaters (not including Skinner) earning points in a convincing 9-3 win… But it was the 8th goal that was likely the most memorable. The Tigers pulled their goalie with about 4 minutes left, and the ‘Canes jumped on the opportunity, dumping one in before Skinner had a shot at it.
And when that time came, he did not miss.
The goal? Impressive. The call of the goal? Less so – but we’ll let it go this time. It is CHL hockey after all, but it makes you realize how lucky we are here in Peterborough to have Pete Dalliday as our local team’s play-by-play guy.
I can’t seem to easily find much in the way of stats on goalies scoring goals in CHL games, so I would assume there aren’t too many who have done it. In fact, the last goalie-goal I recall hearing about happened a little over a year ago, back in January 2015 in an AHL game. Reto Berra of the Lake Erie Monsters scored this beauty against the Chicago Wolves:
Unfortunately neither of these goals came at the NHL level, but the list of goalies who HAVE scored in the NHL is a pretty impressive group. Ron Hextall managed to score two less than two years apart, but nobody has bettered Martin Brodeur‘s total of 3 career goals. Here they are:
Like I said last time I did a blog on this subject… Here I am, just happy to hit the net from 5 feet away with nobody blocking my path to the net.These guys are impressive.