Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Four Leagues With Goalie Goals

It's rather remarkable that we've seen goals scored by goaltenders in the AHL, the WHL as part of the Canadian Hockey League, and the NCAA already. There are a couple of leagues remaining where we had yet to see a goal scored in this season, but you can cross the USHL off that list because they joined the three leagues above tonight. That literally would only leave the ECHL and NHL as the two leagues in North America who have yet to see a goalie score this season, but it's only December. Again, I find it hard to believe that goaltenders are scoring at the rate they are this season, but the Des Moines Buccaneers became the latest team to see a goaltender add a goal to their total.

With the Buccaneers holding a 1-0 lead over the Sioux Falls Stampede late in the game, goaltender Roman Durny decided to take a shot at the yawning cage after the Stampede opted to pull Alec Calvaruso with 59 seconds to play in order to get the extra attacker on the ice. Here's how that turned out.
Durny, an Anaheim Ducks prospect, stopped the dump-in to the left of his net and launched the puck down the ice to score his first USHL goal at 19:31 to put Des Moines up 2-0! Calvaruso would return to the net for the final 29 seconds as the Buccaneers earned the 2-0 win while Durny scored the insurance marker while making 40 saves for the shutout!

What makes Durny's goal even harder to believe is that this is the third season in a row where a USHL netminder has scored. Durny joins former Sioux Falls Stampede goalie Mikhail Berdin from last season and former Muskegon Lumberjacks goalie Keith Petruzzelli from two seasons ago as the USHL's streak for goalie goals continues!

If you're keeping track at home, Tristan Jarry of the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored on November 14, Ian Scott of the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders scored on November 16, Atte Tolvanen of the NCAA's Northern Michigan University Wildcats scored on December 7, and Roman Durny made it another two-goal month for goaltenders by scoring tonight.

I honestly cannot explain this offensive outburst from the masked men, but it's pretty impressive. Will we see an ECHL or NHL goalie join the club? Have it, netminders. Let's see what you got!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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