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Lethbridge Hurricanes Goaltender Scores A Goal

Lethbridge Hurricanes Goaltender Scores A Goal

Goaltender goals are always special. Heck, even picking up an assist is worth celebration for most goalies.

Stuart Skinner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) had plenty to celebrate last night, as he scored into an empty net to help give his team a 9-3 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. The win also helped the Hurricanes clinch the central division, officially booking their ticket to the playoffs. Check out a video of the awesome moment below.

Skinner, who won’t be NHL draft eligible until 2017, also made 38 saves in the game and was named the third star.

Skinner’s “fly-by” of the bench after the goal is reminiscent of Reto Berra’s goal last year in the AHL for the Lake Erie Monsters. Berra’s celebration was deemed over-the-top by his opponents, and a mini scrum even broke out after.

The 6-foot-4, 17-year-old Skinner will surely have even more eyes on him now, heading into the WHL playoffs and next season. He was already ranked as one of the top goaltending prospects that is going to be available for the 2017 NHL draft, and this moment can only help his cause.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.