It was a pretty eventful night Saturday in Sioux Falls as the USHL’s Stampede beat the Muskegon Lumberjacks 7-4 to sweep a weekend series.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, the Stampede scored five unanswered times en route to the win. Along the way, their first goal started the teddy bear tossing and the game’s final tally came off the stick of goaltender Mikhail Berdin. Not only did the kid make history by becoming the first goalie in franchise history to ever score, he followed it up with an impressive celebration.
Berdin, a 19-year-old sixth-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2016, went with the bench fly-by, did some fist pumps, saluted the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center crowd and ended it with a Vince McMahon strut. That kid knows how to celebrate.
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The word “unique” gets thrown around a lot these days, to the point that it is losing its meaning. After all, dictionary.reference.com provides this as its first definition: “existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics.”
You need to roll all the way down to the first half of the sixth definition provided to arrive at the word’s most common use: something or someone unusual. It seems like anyone with a penchant for bad poetry or the “daring” to drive a hybrid car can earn unique status at this point.
Well, let us say that the clip below provides something truly deserving of the word unique. Besides, you know it’s a pretty special clip when we’re posting something from the USHL.
Andrew Prochno of the Sioux Falls Stampede (great team name, no surprise) launched a shot that hit the post, leading to something happening I’ve never seen before: the puck split in half. It’s truly is something unique, in just about every sense of the word. (Puck Daddy has a little more on the odd moment.)
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(Screen capture via NHL.com.)