With his team trailing 3-2 in the DEL2 final, Viktor Beck, who hadn’t registered a single point in the post-season in 11 appearances, scored an outstanding lacrosse-style goal to help force overtime. Beck’s goal was one of only 10 he scored all season and the move was so fluid that it appeared to shock even Beck himself.
If the name Viktor Beck doesn’t sound familiar, you’re not alone. The 27-year-old winger has never played in a league higher than the German second division, the DEL2, and even still he wasn’t quite a point-per-game player, so it’s unlikely to expect a promotion for him any time soon.
In the post-season, Beck didn’t suit up much for his club, the Fischtown Pinguins. The Pinguins, who made the DEL2 final, only inserted him into the lineup 11 times and, having failed to find the score sheet even once in his 10 prior contests, few would have expected him to come up big with their season on the line. That’s just what Beck did, though.
With Fischtown and the Bietigheim Steelers tied 2-2 early in the third period, Beck collected a loose puck in the corner, skated behind the Steelers’ goal and, in a flash, scooped the puck up lacrosse-style and scored his first goal of the post-season in spectacular fashion:
Unfortunately for Beck, the incredible tally came in Game 6 of a series the Pinguins were already trailing 3-2. Little more than 10 minutes after Beck’s goal, Steelers’ winger David Wrigley tied the game to send the game to overtime where Bietigheim would win on a marker from veteran defenseman Dominic Auger.
This will probably be the first and only time Beck ever finds himself on a highlight reel of any sort, but it’s hard to not appreciate the gutsiness of attempting such a bold move when he had barely been in the lineup and his team was on the brink of losing in the final. There have been many lacrosse-style goals attempted, though few come with so much on the line.