Normally, I’d save a recap like this for the end of the week, but it’s not every day you see a goaltender score a goal.
In fact, before today’s school day game between the WBS Penguins and the Springfield Thunderbirds, it had only happened 13 times before in the history of the American Hockey League.
Then this happened.
Just 14 seconds before that, with WBS up 3-0 but killing a penalty and with Springfield goaltender Michael Hutchinson off the ice for a sixth attacker, Joel Lowry scored his fourth of the year to bring the Thunderbirds back to within 3-1.
Then, in a scene eerily reminiscent of Jarry’s previous attempt at a goalie goal two weeks ago, a dump-in came right to him as Springfield attempted to pull Hutchinson again. The rest, as is often said, is history.
WBS scored two goals within a 1:08 span of the first period to take a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes...
...then rookie Anthony Angello continued his solid start with his sixth of the season.
Following the exchange of goals between Lowry and Jarry, Jimmy Hayes scored his third of the season at 19:24 of the third period to make the final margin of victory and propel WBS to third place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 8-5-2 and a points percentage of .600 that trails only league leaders Charlotte and Bridgeport.
Jarry stopped 30 of 31 Springfield shots to earn the win and first star honors on the afternoon. Ryan Haggerty chipped in two assists for second honors, while Jarrett Burton’s first of the year to open the WBS scoring for the day earned him third honors.
WBS will now return home from its New England trip with five out of eight potential points and the league leader in goals scored among goaltenders, and they will finish the week with two home games on Friday and Saturday against the league-leading Charlotte Checkers, both 7:05 pm starts.