Tampa, FL (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Former UMD Bulldog J.T. Brown not only made his NHL debut on Saturday night with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he made a couple bids at his first NHL goal.
Brown saw more than 13 minutes of ice time in his first-ever professional game, skating more than two minutes of that on the power play.
He put two shots on goal in the game, including a great chance in the first period that required a point-blank save by Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.
The Lightning won the game on Saturday night as well, defeating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in overtime.
Brown scored 40 goals and had 44 assists during his two season with the Bulldogs, helping the team to two NCAA tournaments and the 2011 national championship.
In the 2011-12 season, Brown was the Bulldogs' leading goal-scorer with 24, and he also added 23 assists.
Tampa Bay management has said Brown will skate in each of the team's four remaining regular season games in the 2011-12 year.