Goalie goals are one of the rarest achievements in hockey, so when one occurs it usually makes the headlines. That’s what Alex Nedeljkovic did on Friday night in a game where the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Providence Bruins 4-2.
Now and again, there is something that happens in sports that all of the fans think is awesome regardless of what team you are a fan of. A goalie scoring a goal is certainly one of those things.
Nedeljkovic’s Goalie Goal:
Before we talk more about this, check out the video of Ned scoring the goal:
The situation in which this goal was scored made it that much more exciting. You will rarely see a goalie attempt a shot at the empty net, especially in a one-goal game. The shot is likely to hit an attacker’s stick and if it does the defenders could be in trouble.
Alex Nedeljkovic scored his second career goal in the AHL this weekend
With his second career goalie goal, Alex Nedeljkovic has the most goalie goals in AHL history. This latest goal by Nedeljkovic is the 22nd goalie goal in AHL history, which is seven more than the NHL total.
Hockey is a funny sport and just the idea that a position that is almost all about defense and goal prevention has the potential to help the team offensively as well.
The last goalie goal we saw in NHL play was done by Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark who scored against the Vancouver Canucks on February 25th, 2023.
There is a reason that I said when a goalie goal occurs it usually makes headlines because of how rare it is. Due to a lack of goalie confidence to try it or random things that happen in our sport, there aren’t a lot of attempts taken on empty nets by goaltenders.
A good comparison to a goalie goal in other sports leagues would be hitting for the cycle in MLB or throwing a perfect game. These things do not come around every day so they should be recognized every time they occur.