The NHL may be getting underway tonight, but the best goal you see all day might be this tally from Champions League action in Sweden.
In a Tuesday evening contest between Sweden’s Frolunda HC and Germany’s ERC Ingolstadt, Ryan Lasch, a 28-year-old American-born right winger, scored an absolutely gorgeous goal to lift Frolunda into the Round of 16.
After picking the puck up in his own end on a delayed penalty, Lasch flew through the neutral zone and proceeded to use an outside-inside move on two consecutive defenders before roofing a backhand from a seemingly impossible angle. Not only was the goal absolutely brilliant, it was the overtime winner in the second of a two-game set between Frolunda and Ingolstadt. Check it out:
Here’s the thing about Lasch’s goal, though: it came with Frolunda already leading 3-1 in overtime.
For those unfamiliar with the Champions League, it works similar to its soccer counterpart in that teams play two games — one home, one away — with the winner being determined on aggregate. Ingolstadt won the first game of the pair 4-2, which meant they lead on aggregate 4-2. But through three periods of Tuesday's game, with Frolunda leading 3-1, the teams were tied 5-5 when the scores were combined, thus overtime.
That it was Lasch who scored the overtime winner isn’t surprising considering he has been on fire throughout the tournament. In six games, Lasch has notched four goals and nine points, putting him two points off the scoring lead. It might be easier for him to catch the top scorer, too, considering John Laliberte and his 11 points played for Ingolstadt, the team Lasch’s Frolunda just eliminated.
Before playing overseas, Lasch spent four seasons at the NCAA’s St. Cloud State, where he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2007-08. He played parts of one season in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals and Toronto Marlies, but has spent the past three seasons in Sweden and Finland.