Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Ex-Gopher Alt get chance to celebrate a goal -- in a shootout no less

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers, Men's hockey Updated: April 19, 2013 - 8:28 AM

Mark Alt, in his junior season with the Gophers, didn't score a goal.

But in his third game as a pro, Alt got a chance to shoot in a shootout because he was one of the last players on the bench.

And Alt put a shot into the upper right corner as the Adirondack Phantoms beat Binghamton 2-1 after a 15-round shootout on Sunday.

"A defensive defensman usually doesn't get the call for the shootout but I got it today so I was pretty happy that I scored," said Alt, according to the Phantom's web site.

"It was my first shootout. We don't do them in college. [My shot] was actually something I picked up from one of my teammates. I rarely even try and rarely do it in practice. But I came down, it worked, I just put it over his shoulder. It was a long one and was really exciting, especially to get the game-winner."

The AHL record for the longest shootout is 16 rounds.

"It was a great shot," Phantoms head coach Terry Murray said. "A right-handed shooter against a left-handed catcher...you go high-glove side and that's a nice shot. It was great for him. We haven't had any shootouts with him in practice. It's winding down to the last three guys on the bench; Lilja, Eddy and Alt. So that's what we had left and he took advantage of it."

A photo of Alt's shot is here. The Phantoms had seven goals in the shootout, Binghamton six.

Alt has one assist for the Phantoms, mired in last place in the 15-team Eastern Conference.

Garrett Roe, a former St. Cloud State star, tied the game at 1-1 for Adirondack with three-tenths of a second on the clock.

Adirondack, which is in Glen Falls, N.Y., ends its season with three games this weekend.

The first is at home against Hershey, which has former Gophers defenseman Nate Schmidt. The Bears are 10th in the Eastern Conference, two points out of a playoff spot. So Adirondack could play spoiler.

ALT DEPARTURE A SURPRISE

Alt signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on April 7, shortly after the Gophers lost to Yale in an NCAA regional.

“It has been an honor to play for the Gophers for the last three years,” Alt said in a statement at the time.  “I want to thank the fans, my teammates and coaches for making it such a great experience. I will forever cherish my days in the Maroon and Gold.”

In 117 games with the Gophers, Alt had seven goals and 32 assists over his career.

Alt had a career-best 22 points as a sophomore when he had five goals and 22 assists and played in all 43 games.

He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (53rd overall). But the Hurricanes traded his rights to Philadelphia during the 2012-13 season.

 

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