Goalie Petruzzelli nets first USHL goal

Aaron Vickers2017 Draft Center, USHL

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He’s usually more focused on stopping them, but Muskegon Lumberjacks goaltender Keith Petruzzelli now has a marker to his credit.

Petruzzelli, slotted just outside of Future Considerations’ Winter ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft, scored the first goal of his career in Muskegon’s 4-1 win against the Madison Capitols on Friday.

“When I saw the puck come in I thought I might have time to get a shot off and so I went for it,” Petruzzelli said, according to LocalSportsJournal.com. “It’s crazy. I was trying to celebrate and I didn’t even know what to do.”

Petruzzelli shot the length of the ice from his crease and into Madison’s empty net with 26 seconds remaining to become the first United States Hockey League goaltender to score this season. The goal clinched his third consecutive win.

The 18-year-old goaltender has a 2.47 goals against average and .912 save percentage, and leads the USHL with 16 wins, this season.

He is committed to Quinnipiac University for next season.