Wednesday, December 10, 2008

First Goals

For those Princeton hockey fans that double as Philadelphia Flyer fans, you already know that Darroll Powe '07 scored his first NHL goal last night in the Flyers' 4-3 win over the Islanders at the Wachovia Center. The goal came in his sixth NHL game and was scored on former Brown netminder Yann Danis. Powe faced Danis twice in his collegiate career during his freshman campaign of 2003-04 but was scoreless against the All-America goaltender. Click here then scroll down to watch the goal. (Just an aside but the NHL website is great. Highlights of every goal scored.)

Speaking of firsts, this season two Tiger freshmen scored their first collegiate goals and both came in the same game, a 5-3 win over then fourth-ranked Northeastern. Freshman Marc Hagel scored the first two goals of the win and classmate Derrick Pallis had the shorthanded game winner. Hagel's first goal was a little unconventional as his shot from the boards bounced off the post into the crease and then caromed into the net as Northeastern's goalie scrambled to get back into the net. It was a fitting first goal for Hagel considering how his brother Kyle, a 2008 Princeton graduate, scored his first collegiate goal. Kyle's goal came in the first game of his sophomore year at Notre Dame when Mike Moore's point shot bounced off the shoulder of the Irish goalkeeper, hit off Kyle's facemask and wound up in the back of the net.

Speaking of Kyle Hagel, he is in his first season playing in the ECHL for the Fresno Falcons. He has five goals this season and scored his first professional goal in a 1-0 win over the Ontario Reign. Hagel's classmate at Princeton, Mike Moore, who assisted on Hagel's first college goal also has scored his first professional goal this season as he is playing in the AHL for the Worcester Sharks. Moore's first goal came in a win over the Norfolk Admirals on the power play.

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