Bridgeport Sound Tigers center Kael Mouillierat made his NHL debut in February of this season with the New York Islanders, but the highlight of his year came Sunday night in Bridgeport's 7-1 win over the Binghamton Senators.
Early in the first period, after teammate Sebastian Collberg's shot missed high and the puck rattled around the boards onto the tape of Sound Tigers defenseman Kevin Czuczman, Mouillierat found himself behind the Senators' net waiting for the play to develop. Czuczman chopped the puck down to Mouillierat, who was standing alone behind Binghamton goaltender Peter Mannino. And that's when Mouillierat used the backhand lacrosse move to shock just about everyone on the ice and in the building:
The nearly expressionless, "Oh my God," by Bridgeport's color commentator is one thing, but watch Mannino's head shortly after the puck crosses the goal line. He looks around from side to side, completely unaware of how exactly Mouillierat went top-shelf on him.
Mouillierat's move is the kind of thing you'd expect in a skills competition or when the players are messing around in practice, but the 27-year-old successfully attempting it in a live game situation is incredible. More incredible is that he tried it little more than two minutes into the first period of a 0-0 game.
"It's usually got to be at the start of the period, when the ice is still fresh," Mouillierat told CTPost.com's Michael Fornabaio. "I've probably messed it up two or three times, but this is twice it's worked."
The other time it worked, as Mouillierat points out, was during an ECHL stint in December 2011.
While he didn't deke any opponents or score from the flat of his back, it's going to be difficult to top Mouillierat's tally for Goal of the Year.