As far as first impressions go, it's awfully difficult to do better than Cornell goalie Mitch Gillam.
The freshman netminder made his NCAA debut on Tuesday night against Niagara University and stopped 24 of 26 shots to earn the win. More importantly for our purposes, he scored a goal in the closing seconds when he fired a shot the length of the ice into an empty net at the opposite end.
(Video via @ELynah)
And yes, goalies scoring at the NCAA level is just as rare as it is in the NHL.
Mitch Gillam of @CUBigRedHockey is just the 8th NCAA Division I goalie credited with a goal, the 3d to shoot the puck himself.— College Hockey, Inc. (@collegehockey) November 27, 2013
Cornell went on to win the game, 4-2.