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Matt Ustaski of the Wisconsin Badgers will likely score prettier goals in his career, but few will be as memorable as this 200-foot tally he scored on Friday night. And this is likely one Boston University goaltender Matt O’Connor would like to forget.
It won’t be a goal that Matt Ustaski puts on any highlight reels, but the Wisconsin Badgers forward will certainly remember his Friday night goal for the rest of his days.
With the Badgers up by a goal in the third period and the visiting Boston University Terriers pressing for the equalizer, Ustaski, a seventh-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2014, was attempting to simply clear the zone when he spun and backhanded the puck into the neutral zone. The puck trickled down towards Terriers goaltender Matt O’Connor, and that’s when O'Connor helped along Ustaski’s near-200 foot score.
We’ll forgive any Canadian hockey fans that are having terrible flashbacks to the 2004 World Junior Championship in which Marc-Andre Fleury played the puck into Braydon Coburn to give Team USA and Patrick O'Sullivan the gold medal-winning goal.
O’Connor’s unlucky clearing attempt, like Fleury’s, deflected off a defender and into the back of the net. The recipient of the puck to the equipment that led to the 3-1 Ustaski tally was defenseman Brien Diffley, and it’s obvious Diffley isn’t too pleased with how the whole situation ended up.
However, it would all end up working out in the end, as Boston University would score two goals with the extra attacker to tie the game at three, and the non-conference game ended in a tie.