Time was running out on Harry Zolnierczyk's first
ever NHL game and matters had long since been decided.
In the closing minute, with the Flyers already ahead
6-1, "Harry Z" took the puck and cut around
the D in the left circle moving towards the goalie.
Quickly moving the puck to his backhand he was able
to flip it up and over the Ottawa goalie's poke-check
attempt and into the net.
It was the first ever NHL goal for the 24-year-old
out of Brown University, and came in his first ever
NHL game. With only 45 seconds remaining to give
Philadelphia a 7-1 lead it was essentially a meaningless
goal for the game itself. But for Zolnierczyk it
was a huge moment capping a whirlwind day in which
he found out only hours earlier he would be meeting
the team in Ottawa to take the ice in the National
Hockey League for the first time ever.
Zolnierczyk was the MVP and captain at Brown University
and also Player of the Year in the Ivy League with
16 goals in 30 games. He joined the Adirondack Phantoms
late last season and scored three goals and four
assists in 16 games. Still technically a rookie
going into this season, Zolnierczyk is the first
Phantoms player this season to receive a call-up
Check out the video of the goal here!