In a last-place season, there's little left to follow or cheer as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers play out their string. So today's 7-1 win over the Binghamton Senators -- ending a franchise-record eight-game home skid -- provided reason to cheer, complete with a made-for-Sportcenter highlight goal by Kael Mouillierat.
Mouillierat, who got his NHL debut at age 27 earlier this season with the New York Islanders (and his first NHL goal) opened scoring just 2:19 into the game with a "lacrosse style" or "Michigan" or just plain "high wraparound" goal.
Ex-Sound Tiger goalie Peter Mannino was the victim.
What's crazy is how quickly and early in the game he did it. (Though, as is noted in the Post link below, he says it needs to be done early when the ice is still smooth.) With the puck ringing around the boards, Mouillierat retrieved Kevin Czuczman's re-dump and didn't wait long before using hockey's z-axis.
As Michael Fornabaio pointed out, a Sound Tiger has done this before: Robert Nilsson back in 2006.
And as a reader pointed out to Fornabaio, the Mallrat has done this in a game before, too -- back in his NCAA days. Videos of both at that link.
The goal created some buzz on Twitter as people spoke of it, then finally visual was available as the AHL GIF'd it before the Sound Tigers YouTube'd it. (Video highlights of the other six goals are here.)
And because this is Twitter, you had people (probably sincerely) complaining that he didn't show such twice-in-a-career skill during his brief NHL callup.
This is all very 2015.