While Little Falls goaltender Dane Couture’s remarkable and length-of-the-ice shot and goal against Monticello on Jan. 3 is garnering state and nationwide attention, it’s worth noting that Couture’s exceedingly rare feat is only the second (that we know of) goalie goal of the season in Minnesota boys’ high school hockey.
Osseo goaltender Dale Pfannenstein was credited with a goal in a 3-2 loss to Centennial on Dec. 5. Centennial had pulled goaltender Leo Troje on a delayed penalty call on Osseo, and Pfannestein was deemed the last Orioles player to touch the puck after an errant pass to the point ended up skidding the length of the ice and into the Cougars’ goal.
The first video below shows Pfannenstein making a save on a breakaway just as the referee’s arm goes up to signal an Osseo penalty. The play continues behind the Orioles’ goal and into the corner, where the errant pass was sent out toward the point and wide of a Cougars defenseman. Troje was just about to reach the Centennial bench when he noticed the puck heading toward the goal — too late for him to turn back.
The second video, from late in the game and with Pfannenstein pulled in favor of an extra skater, shows Troje quickly gathering the puck off a face off in his own end and one-timing a shot at the empty net.
“(Troje) got control of the puck, shot it and missed by five feet,” Osseo co-hed coach Kevin Wiley said. “There were almost two goals scored by goalies.”