At the end of a hockey game, often a losing team will pull its goalie to gain an extra attacker. It's a big risk, but ultimately has a huge payoff if the team is able to knock in a goal before the winning team can either drain out the clock or pad its lead with an empty net goal. Naturally, if there's a clear shot at an empty net, a professional hockey player has a pretty high chance of scoring. Unless another player from the losing side makes an impossible diving save, that is.
In a game between the St. John's IceCaps and Binghamton Senators of the AHL, that exact scenario played out. Right after Cole Schneider of the Senators sent a laser toward the IceCaps' empty net, Bud Holloway lunged out with his stick and was able to redirect it away from the net in midair.
The IceCaps went on to lose 4-1, but the acrobatic play will stand out from an otherwise disappointing result for a long time.
See the save for yourself:
Cover image: BinghamtonSenators via YouTube