First game. First goal.
Mitch Gillam accomplished a rare feat Tuesday night. Starting in net for the first time this NCAA season — nay, the first college game of his life — the Cornell University freshman goaltender scored an empty-net goal for the Big Red to seal a 4-2 win against the Niagara University Purple Eagles.
He even goes in for the bench high-five.
According to College Hockey Inc., he’s just the eighth NCAA Division I goalie to be credited with a goal and the third to shoot the puck himself. Not surprisingly, he’s the first to do it in his debut.
Guess what? It wasn’t even Gillam’s first goal this year.
The 21-year-old from Peterborough, Ont., scored during a BCHL game for the Chilliwack Chiefs back in January after a shot deflected off him and around the boards into the opponent’s net.
Kid’s a natural.
Thankyou everybody, it was an amazing night for me to get my first NCAA start, goal and win. Wouldn’t want to do it anywhere else than Lynah
— Mitchell Gillam (@gillyg00se) November 27, 2013