#6 Goaltender Corwin Saurdiff's Goal Against Charlotte
The Admirals 25th home opener on October 11 is just days away! So we are counting down the days recognizing 25 memorable moments in the 25 years of Admirals Hockey, in a segment we call 25 in 25. Each day we will highlight a great moment in the Admirals proud 25-year history to get you set for the 2013-14 home opener!
#6: Goaltender Corwin Saurdiff Scores Goal. Many hockey fans will go to hundreds of games at different levels of hockey and never see a goal scored by goaltender. It is rare, and so much has to work in your favor for it to happen.
For starters the opposing team's net has to be empty. Secondly, the goaltender has to be in a situation where he has time to get possession of the puck and make a play (usually he is being peppered by a barrage of shots in this situation). Then the goaltender has to have the guts to try to take a shot to score a goal without turning the puck over in a pressure game situation. Finally, if the goaltender decided to take a shot, he has to send it nearly 200 feet the other way while a number of bodies could potentially be in the way.
The fans who attended the March 18, 1995 game against the Charlotte Checkers at Scope witnessed a goaltender in Corwin Saurdiff who decided that trying to score a goal was a good idea. It was.
The Checkers had dumped the puck into the zone and behind the net. Saurdiff went back to play it and realized he didn’t have a lot of pressure heading his way. He then made the decision to quickly grab the puck and fling it down the ice toward the empty net.
Everyone watched in anticipation as he had cleared the puck past everyone in the zone. The only thing that hung in the balance was whether or not it was an accurate enough shot. The puck slid down the ice and entered the net right down the middle.
The roof blew off Scope as the crowd erupted in excitement and shock of what they had just witnessed. Saurdiff became the first ECHL goaltender to score a goal in league history.
Saurdiff started a trend, as believe it or not, ten goaltenders have scored a goal in the ECHL's 25-year history. Former Admirals Mark Bernard and Nick Vitucci also accomplished this feat, but with different teams. In fact, Vitucci is the only goaltender to score a goal on a guarded net. Current NHL goaltenders Jonathan Quick (LA) and Mike Smith (Phoenix) are also on this prestigious lsit. Here is the full listing:
Corwin Saurdiff, Hampton Roads, 3/18/95
Ollie Sundstrom, Erie, 12/15/95
Sean Gauthier, South Carolina, 12/19/95
Nick Vitucci, Charlotte, 3/6/1996
Mark Bernard, Toledo, 3/27/01
Mike Smith, Lexington, 10/26/02
Brian Eklund, Pensacola, 12/5/03
Trevor Koenig, Atlantic City, 3/2/05
Jonathan Quick, Reading, 10/24/07
Timo Pielmeier, Bakersfield, 12/19/09
Thirteen times a goaltender has scored a goal in NHL history. New Jersey's Martin Brodeur has scored three of those goals (1997, 2000, 2013), while Ron Hextall (Philadelphia) has scored twice.
Ten goaltenders have registered goals in the American Hockey League's history.
Opening Night Promotions & Festivities! The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. Come early and join us for Party on the Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m. featuring live music by Brent Shepard, bounce houses & games for the kids, as well as food and beverages! The first 5,000 fans to walk through the gates will receive an Admirals Magnet Schedule! Following the game, Sara Lee will be giving away 3,000 loaves of bread to fans as the exit the arena!
The two teams will meet again on Saturday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. Come early and check out the ODU Hockey Team battle American University at Scope. One game ticket will get you in to both games!
Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at www.norfolkadmirals.com