ALBANY, NY — “Floor cheese” is not a term you hear everyday, but that’s how Corbin McPherson described his goal in the Albany Devils 4-3 win against the St. John’s IceCaps Wednesday at Times Union Center.
The veteran of 265 career AHL games, sent a low shot through a mass of bodies during the first period for his first goal of the season.
McPherson was interviewed during the first intermission and said of his goal: “I burned the ice with some floor cheese tonight.”
Ummm, please elaborate for someone who is not in the locker room everyday…
“Worm burner is a soccer term for when a forward scores on the grass,” McPherson said when asked about the terminology after the game. “It’s a worm burner. So it was an ice burner tonight because it was so fast. Floor cheese is the bottom of the net.”
Regardless of what you call it, the goal pas pivotal in the Devils’ sixth straight win. After jumping out to a 3-0 advantage after two periods, St. John’s battled back and the game ultimately ended as a one-goal result.
McPherson’s tally, which was his first since Jan. 3, 2015 at Bridgeport, was a long time coming. Head Coach Rick Kowalsky said after the game that they have been encouraging him to shoot more.
“We’ve been on him to pound it up there,” Kowalsky said. “He rolled to the middle, he probably had three really good shots. He had a couple real good looks at the net tonight. He’s a big guy who can shoot the puck. He’s not really offensive minded, but with a shot like that, if he can get it to the net it’s a dangerous play.”
And so, the Devils, who haven’t had a hard time to find wins this season, are 1-0-0-0 when McPherson burns the ice.