PRINCETON - Former Toledo and current Manitoba goaltender Drew MacIntyre became the ninth goaltender in the American Hockey League's 2-year history to be credited with scoring a goal, which was the game winner, in a 2-1 overtime win at Chicago on Wednesday.
With a delayed penalty upcoming to two-time ECHL All-Star Game starter and 2003 ECHL Rookie of the Year Jason Jaffray
and Chicago goaltender Ondrej Pavelec on the bench for an extra attacker, an errant Chicago pass went the length of the ice and into the empty net. MacIntyre was the last Manitoba player to touch the puck and by rule is credited with the goal.
Selected in the fourth round (121st overall) by Detroit in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 24 year old MacIntyre played parts of three seasons for Toledo where he was 30-12-2 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.25 and a save percentage of .921 in 46 regular season games from 2003-06. In 2005-06 with Toledo, he was 24-7-2 with two shutouts while leading the ECHL with a goals-against average of 2.06 and ranking third with a save percentage of .926 in 33 regular season games. He was 5-1 and led the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs with a goals-against average of 2.00 while tying for fourth with a save percentage of .924.
MacIntyre is the first AHL goaltender to be credited with a goal since former ECHL and then Milwaukee goaltender Seamus Kotyk scored on Apr. 17, 2005 at San Antonio.
Four former ECHL goaltenders have been credited with a goal in an AHL game. In addition to MacIntyre and Kotyk, Paul Cohen scored for Springfield against Rochester on Mar. 28, 1992 and Christian Bronsard score for Syracuse at Rochester on Oct. 30, 1999.
There have been nine goaltenders that have been credited with a goal in an ECHL game, the most recent being Jonathan Quick who scored for Reading in a 3-0 win at Pensacola on Oct. 24, 2007. Quick's goal was scored at 19:25 of the third period when the puck rolled the length of the ice and into the Pensacola net which was empty because goaltender Mike Brodeur had been pulled for an extra attacker. Quick was the last Reading player to touch the puck and by rule is credited with the goal.
Quick joined current Dallas Stars
goaltender Mike Smith
in the league record book as he recorded his first win, his first shutout and scored his first goal in the game. Smith, who was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2006-07, registered his first win, first shutout and scored his first goal in his third professional start on Oct. 22, 2002 against Dayton.
With Lexington leading 1-0 late in the third period, Dayton dumped the puck behind the net where Smith gained control and flipped it out of the zone. The puck hit in the center faceoff circle and slid untouched into the empty net at 19:04 and Lexington went on to win 2-0. The goal by the then 20-year-old Smith, who is the youngest goaltender to score a goal in a professional game, was featured on ESPN's NHL 2Night.
ECHL Goals Scored By Goaltender
Jonathan Quick, Reading, Oct. 24, 2007 at Pensacola
Trevor Koenig, Atlantic City, Mar. 2, 2005 at Wheeling
Brian Eklund, Pensacola, Dec. 5, 2003 at Mississippi
, Lexington, Oct. 26, 2002 vs. Dayton
Mark Bernard, Toledo, Mar. 27, 2001 vs. Johnstown
Nick Vitucci, Charlotte, Mar. 6, 1996 vs. Louisville
, South Carolina, Dec. 19, 1995 at Raleigh
Olie Sundstrom, Erie, Dec. 15, 1995 vs. Wheeling
Corwin Saurdiff, Hampton Roads, Mar. 18, 1995 vs. Charlotte