McLaughlin, an 18-year-old native of Buffalo, made his third goal of the season a fantastic one. In the second period of Saturday's game against the Green Bay Gamblers, McLaughlin skated down the right wing while linemate Alec Marsh carried the puck down the middle of the ice.
Marsh slid a pass across to McLaughlin, and the left-shot forward played it on his backhand. Running out of space as he entered the right circle, McLaughlin dropped the puck between his skates, stuck his stick between his legs and lifted a forehand shot that beat Green Bay goalie Richard Sabol over his blocker.
The goal was McLaughlin's third of the season, in five games. The 5-10.25, 171-pound forward had one goal and six assists in 48 games with the Sioux Falls Stampede last season.
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