In KHL action Tuesday, Medvescak Zagreb center Colby Genoway reminded us what we love so much about the shootout. Genoway picked up the puck at full speed and put an outstanding move on the opposition netminder before hoisting the puck home for the game-winning goal.
There are a lot of reasons fewer shootouts make sense for the NHL, but one thing we’ll miss is the incredible displays of skill in the breakaway competition, like the dazzling move KHL center Colby Genoway pulled off Tuesday.
In a KHL matchup between Genoway’s Medvescak Zagreb and Metallurg Novokuznetsk, regulation time and overtime solved nothing, so the two squads went to a shootout. After four rounds of breakaways resulted in no final score, Genoway stepped out for Zagreb and scored what could go down as the best shootout goal anyone in professional hockey scores all season.
Breaking in with full speed, Genoway makes a move as if to cut across the crease before slamming on the brakes, cutting the opposite direction and shelving the puck over Novokuznetsk netminder Filip Novotny.
That tally is worth repeat viewings. What makes it even better is it ended up standing as the game-winning goal.
Genoway’s name may be familiar to some North American hockey fans. The 31-year-old spent three seasons suiting up for the University of North Dakota before transitioning into the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2005-06. Genoway also spent half a season with the Portland Pirates and one and a half campaigns with the Manitoba Moose. In 221 AHL games, Genoway scored 50 goals and 151 points.
This is Genoway’s first campaign in the KHL after having spent the past five seasons playing in Switzerland, where he helped Lausanne HC get out of relegation and back into the Swiss NLA. If he keeps showing off moves like this one, he’s going to be a fan favourite in the KHL.