Hockey gamers will take targets every time they will get them, however one AHL participant most likely didn’t need his newest to occur the way in which it did.
The Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, performed the Buffalo Sabres’ affiliate, the Rochester People, this previous Friday evening when Comets ahead Graeme Clarke skated towards purpose and lifted a wrist shot towards internet.
The one downside was his teammate, Joe Gambardella, was in entrance of the web and the puck was heading straight towards his face. It ended up making contact with it, however the consequence wasn’t only a bloody mouth.
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Gambardella’s face supplied the ricochet the puck wanted to redirect again towards purpose and get previous the People’ netminder.
The Comets knew instantly whose purpose it was when Gambardella shortly grabbed his face and skated towards the bench to get consideration from trainers.
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It was the second purpose of the sport for Utica and Gambardella’s sixth of his season, because the Comets went on to defeat the People, 4-0.
Gambardella, an alternate captain with the Comets, is a Staten Island, New York native who has just a few video games of NHL expertise which got here in the course of the 2018-19 with the Edmonton Oilers.
He has been within the Devils’ system because the 2021-22 season, and he at the moment has six targets and 14 assists for 20 factors in 37 video games this 12 months.
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And a kind of targets he received’t be forgetting anytime quickly. The ache was non permanent, however the reminiscence will final endlessly.