(Video) First NHL Goal: Chiarot contributes to Jets win over Maple Leafs

By Ken McKenna
Ben Chiarot - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot (L) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammate Blake Wheeler (R) in the Jets 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)

 

The off-ice officials didn’t initially see give him credit, but Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot netted his first NHL goal in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The goal was originally credited to Jets’ forward Andrew Ladd, but the scorers soon realized the error of their ways and credited the goal to Chiarot, who also picked up an assist and was named the game’s second star.

With the score standing at 4-1 in the Jets favor in the third period, Winnipeg forward Bryan Little sent the puck back to Chiarot at the point off the draw. Chiarot wasted little time in firing a shot towards Toronto netminder James Reimer.

Chiarot has toiled in the minor leagues since the 2011-12 season, mostly with the AHL‘s St. John’s IceCaps but also spending a bit of time in the ECHL in his first pro season. He appeared in one NHL game in the 2013-14 season and has so far played in 16 games for the Jets this season. Chiarot has the lone goal and three assists in those 16 games after being called up on Dec. 3rd. He was originally drafted by the organization in the fourth round, 120th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft when the team was the Atlanta Thrashers.

 

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