Cincinnati’s Brian Foster became the 11th goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal when he was the last Cyclone to touch the puck prior to it going into an empty net on a delayed penalty with 30 seconds remaining in the first period of Cincinnati’s 2-1 win against Trenton on Friday.
Foster becomes the first goaltender to score a goal since Bakersfield’s Timo Pielmeier on Dec. 19, 2009 against Utah.
Selected in the fifth round (161st overall) by Florida in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Panthers, Foster is the Cyclones’ all-time leader with 44 career wins, and this season is 17-6-4 with a 2.60 goals-against average and a save percentage of .910. He made his NHL debut with Florida on Feb. 4, 2012, stopping the only shot he faced in 4:52 of playing time.
Corwin Saurdiff of Hampton Roads was the first ECHL goaltender to score a goal on March 18, 1995 against Charlotte. Charlotte’s Nick Vitucci, Erie’s Olie Sundstrom and South Carolina’s Sean Gauthier all accomplished the feat during the 1995-96 season and Toledo’s Mark Bernard scored a goal on March 27, 2001 against Johnstown. Brian Eklund of Pensacola scored at Mississippi on Dec. 5, 2003 and Trevor Koenig of Atlantic City registered a goal at Wheeling on Mar. 2, 2005. Current Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith scored for Lexington against Dayton on Oct. 26, 2002 and current Los Angeles Kings goaltender, and 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Jonathan Quick scored for Reading at Pensacola on Oct. 24, 2007.