Any time your team scores a goal there’s reason to celebrate, but when your goalie gets one? That calls for a party.
Sioux Falls Stampede goaltender Mikhail Berdin sent a perfect saucer from deep in his own zone to score on an empty net late in Saturday’s USHL matchup against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Winnipeg Jets prospect was, understandably, fired up — and it showed.
Goalie hugs all around, plenty of fist pumps, high-fives down the bench, a nice little salute to the crowd, and even a quick ode to Conor McGregor at the end … Berdin pretty much emptied the party playbook — because who knows when the next opportunity is going to come around, right?
Watch the whole series of celebrations, in all its goalie glory:
While Berdin’s goal was the highlight of this game, it’s also worth noting that the 19-year-old Russian netminder made 32 saves on the night to improve his record to 6-3-3 on the season with a .933 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against average.
The Jets selected Berdin in the sixth round (157th overall) of the 2016 draft following an impressive campaign in Russia’s junior MHL. He could be finding himself in the spotlight again soon (likely for his saves, not his dance moves) as Berdin is a candidate to suit up for Team Russia during the upcoming world juniors.