Ducks prospect Kossila scores highlight-reel goal

The Finnish forward extended his point streak to eight games with a goal of the year candidate. 

Kalle Kossila may have been a little known prospect playing in the American Hockey League, but that changed on Friday night after the Finnish forward scored a highlight-reel goal in San Diego’s 5-1 win over the San Jose Barracuda.

Kossila’s first of two third period goals gave the Gulls a 4-0 lead.

“I’ve done it in practice, but obviously a game situation is way different,” Kossila told the team’s website postgame. “The puck happened to stay on the top of my stick, and their defenseman wasn’t pressuring me, so I tried it.”

The goal extended Kossila’s career high point streak to eight games and is the longest point streak in franchise history.

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“Kossila’s goal was unbelievable,” said Gulls coach Dallas Eakins. “I’ve been in pro hockey for 30 years and I’ve never seen a player pull that off in a game.”

A native of Kauniainen, Finland, Kossila is in his first full season with the Anaheim Ducks organization after signing as a free agent out of St. Cloud State in March 2016.

The 23-year-old has nine goals and 18 assists in 32 games with San Diego this season.