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Team USA U18 Goaltender Dylan St. Cyr Scores On Himself

Scoring a goal is one of the most exciting things a goaltender can do. There’s always a little rush of adrenaline when the opposing team pulls their goaltender with plenty of time left on the clock, and they dump the puck in.

With a 4-1 lead late in the 3rd period of the gold medal game at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team USA goaltender Dylan St. Cyr had a great chance to turn the dream into a reality. Team Finland threw the puck on goal, so he raced to set up a long-bomb shot to the gaping net at the far end of the rink.

Then it all went wrong:

St. Cyr fired it off the rear end of his own defenceman, and it caromed back into his own net. Luckily it did not end up costing the team, as they finished the game with a 4-2 win – earning the gold medal. Later, St. Cyr would be named to the tournament’s all-star team.

This goal of course brings back memories of the 2004 World Juniors, when Canada’s Marc-André Fleury attempted to clear the zone, but ended up banking the pass off USA forward Patrick O’Sullivan and into his own net. That goal proved to be much more costly, as Canada would go on to lose that game – and was knocked out of the tournament.

Despite this blooper, St. Cyr is one of the goaltenders to keep an eye on heading into the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. It is his first year of eligibility, and his excellent tournament will certainly bring his name to the forefront. He finished with a 1.95 goals-against-average and .921 save percentage in 6 games.

The 17-year-old St. Cyr has already received some notoriety for being the son of former Team Canada national women’s team goaltender Manon Rhéaume. She broke barriers in 1992 by becoming the first female hockey player to appear in an NHL preseason game, as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

While small in stature, St. Cyr is a an excellent skater – which aids in his aggressive style. Also, don’t let this gaffe fool you: He’s normally a very proficient puckhandler. It is unclear if he will be drafted this year, as NHL teams remain staunchly resistant to drafting goaltenders below 6-foot-1, but he is one to keep an eye on as he heads to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Notre Dame next season.

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.