Former UMass hockey standout Greg Mauldin scored his first career NHL goal on Friday night after being recalled to the Colorado Avalanche from the Lake Erie Monsters. The opponent, none other than the team that originally drafted Mauldin - the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here is the box score which includes video highlights.
Talk about making an immediate impact.
On just his seventh shift in an Avalanche uniform, forward Greg Mauldin scored a short-handed goal during the second period of Friday night's 5-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It was a sweet moment for Mauldin, who netted his first National Hockey League tally against the team with which he began his professional career. Mauldin was originally a seventh-round selection of the Blue Jackets in the 2003 Entry Draft.
Recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters on Thursday in the wake of recent injuries to forwards T.J. Galiardi and David Van Der Gulik, Mauldin played on the Avalanche's fourth line during his debut alongside Philippe Dupuis and Cody McLeod. He also saw some time on the penalty kill, which is where he made his biggest contribution Friday night.