Goalie Lagace makes AHL history in Wolves Game 5 victory
Max Lagace made AHL history Saturday, scoring the first goal by a netminder in Calder Cup playoffs history during the Chicago Wolves' 5-2 victory over host San Diego in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Wolves, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, host Game 6 at Allstate Arena on Monday. Game 7, if necessary, is in Rosemont on Wednesday.
The Wolves' other goals came from Tomas Hyka, Cody Glass, Daniel Carr and Tye McGinn.
Lagace was credited with the Wolves' fourth goal midway through the third period. It came after San Diego goalie Kevin Boyle vacated the net after Wolves forward T.J. Tynan committed a penalty. While the Gulls were skating with an extra attacker, one of their players misfired on a pass at center ice, and the puck sailed into the net.
Soon after, a referee told Lagace it would be his goal because he was the last Wolves player to touch the puck.
"I was pretty surprised. I'll take it," Lagace told reporters and then added with a chuckle: "It was a clutch goal, I guess. But, no, it was unexpected for sure."
Lagace (19 saves) was in net for the first time since Game 3 of the first round.
Carr snapped a 2-2 tie when he scored at 5:24 of the third period. The league MVP has 5 goals and 5 assists in 11 playoff games.
Glass, the first draft pick in Vegas Golden Knights history, has 9 goals in 22 games since joining the Wolves from juniors.
If the Wolves advance to their first Calder Cup Final since 2008, they will take on the winner of the Charlotte-Toronto series.
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