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Charlottetown native Josh Currie in the tunnel before a recent game with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.
Charlottetown native takes care of a lot of firsts in seventh American Hockey League game
It may not have been a highlight-reel goal, but it is one Josh Currie will never forget.
The centre scored his first AHL goal on Dec. 4 as the Bakersfield Condors defeated the San Diego Gulls 6-4.
The goal came three minutes into the second period after Gulls goalie Ryan Faragher turned the puck over behind the net to Condors defenceman Joey LaLeggia.
"Joey just threw it right out to me in the slot. I had pretty much wide-open net, so it was a pretty easy one for my first," Currie recently told The Guardian. "A lot of credit to Joey for getting in on the forecheck and a quick heads-up play to feed me."
Five minutes later Currie assisted on Kale Kessy's goal and before the end of the period, the centre fought defenceman Stu Bickel.
"He's played well," said Condors coach Gerry Fleming. "He got a Gordie Howe hat trick the other night. I haven't seen one of those in a long, long time."
A look at some Islanders players with guys with Island connections playing in the American Hockey League. Do you know someone we missed, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add him to the list for future editions.
W L OT GAA SAV%
Drew MacIntyre, Charlotte 9 9 1 3.07 .893
Maxime Lagace, Texas 4 4 0 2.91 .905
Antoine Bibeau, Toronto 7 3 0 3.53 .876
GP G A Pts.
Marc-Andre Gragnani, Albany 19 0 13 13
Ryan Graves, Hartford 27 3 4 7
Jimmy Oligny, Milwaukee 24 1 3 4
Morgan Ellis, St. John's 28 6 10 16
Jared Gomes, Bridgeport 15 2 1 3
Ross Johnston, Bridgeport 26 1 2 3
Brett Gallant, Lake Erie 19 0 0 0
Jake Nevins, Rochester 24 3 0 3
Chris Desousa, Rockford 18 2 4 6
Alex Gallant, San Jose 4 0 0 0
Josh Currie, Bakerfield 10 3 1 4
Philippe Paradis, Syracuse 21 4 3 7