Cornell Big Red freshman goaltender Mitch Gillam got the first start of his college career last night against Niagara and, although he managed to stop 24 shots in a CU’s 4-2 victory, his biggest highlight came in the closing moments of the game.
With Niagara down by one goal towards the end of the third period, they pulled their goaltender for the extra skater and dumped the puck into Cornell’s defensive zone. A brief battle for possession ended with Gillam snagging the puck with his glove, dumping it on the ice and launching a full-ice clear.
That clear, however, had eyes, as it wound up sliding straight into the back of Niagara’s net for the game’s dagger. Gillam’s goal was the first by a goaltender in Cornell’s history.
Not a bad debut for the kid.