Bakersfield rookie Timo Pielmeier became the 10th goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal when he sent the puck the length of the ice into an empty net with five seconds remaining in a 6-4 win at Utah on Saturday.
The native of Deggendorf, Germany is the youngest goaltender to score in a professional game at 20 years and 165 days old supplanting current Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith, who was 20 years and 218 days old when he scored for Lexington in a 2-0 win against Dayton in an ECHL game on Oct. 26, 2002. Pielmeier becomes the first goaltender to score a goal since current Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick on Oct. 24, 2007 at Pensacola.
Selected in the third round (83rd overall) by San Jose in the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft and under NHL contract to Anaheim, Pielmeier made 26 saves in the game to record his second straight win and improve to 12-5-2. He is tied for second in the league with 12 wins while his 1,138 minutes are fourth and his goals-against average of 2.79 is tied for ninth.
Corwin Saurdiff of Hampton Roads was the first ECHL goaltender to score a goal on Mar. 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 Mar. 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.