St. Thomas Stars' goalie records 1-0 shutout scoring game's only goal
Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - Anthony Hurtubise may just be a part of some hockey history.
The St. Thomas Stars' goalie scored the overtime winning goal, along with posting the shutout, in a 1-0 win over the Komoka Kings, in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL), Friday at the Joe.
With less than 90 seconds left in the second of two five minute overtime periods, Hurtubise made a glove save, before firing the puck the length of the ice and in to Komoka's empty net.
"It's surreal. I still can't wrap my head around it," said the 20-year old Sarnia native. "My phone was just blowing up. Everybody has been talking about it. People are messaging me, old friends, old teammates, family. A lot of people are telling me it's going to be in the history books."
The word of his game winning goal has spread throughout the hockey community, even getting mentioned today on Coach's Corner with Don Cherry.
Komoka had pulled their goalie for the extra attacker during the three on three period, hoping to score and pick up the second point. The Kings certainly weren't expecting Hurtubise to become a shooter.
"They were coming down on the rush and I saw their goalie heading to the bench," Hurtubise said. "As soon as the guy shot it (puck) and I had it in my glove, I didn't think twice. I dropped it, shot it. I didn't hesitate at all."
Stars' coach Darren Kelly said his goaltender was quick to pick up on the situation.
"I think Anthony was the only one on our team that knew that net was empty," said Kelly. "We were just worried about him making the save and I think Komoka thought he would make the save for the whistle so they peeled off. He had a lane and he's a good puck control goaltender and he fired one down there."
Hurtubise has been thinking scoring a goal all season and on this night the keeper had been handling the puck more than his usually does in a game.
"I was trying to score. I joke around with the boys almost every game saying I'm going to score today. One of my goals this year was to try to score, said Hurtubise. "It's funny that it went in. I always practice shooting it across the ice and I always miss. It's pretty unbelievable that it actually went in. It probably helped that it was double overtime. There were only six players on the ice."
Hurtubise says his first career goal has become his number one personal highlight as a goalie, matching the excitement when he was drafted by OHL's Windsor Spitfires in 2014.
With his first goal out of the way, Hurtubise plans to keep firing pucks.
"I'm definitely going to try to score again."
Hurtubise is the second goalie in the GOJHL Western Conference to score a goal. The first was John Faulkner of the Sarnia Blast in December, 2006.
In the NHL, a goalie has been credited for a goal 14 times. Seven of those goals, the goalie actually shot the puck, the first being Ron Hextall. In the NCAA, 11 goalies have recorded a goal, most recently, Northern Michigan's Atte Tolvanen a year ago. The OHL has had nine goalies with a goal on their stat sheets. None of these goals have been game winners.