Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekend Rap: Asplund snipes; Johansson shuts door

Rasmus Asplund connected on a one-timer in overtime Sunday to thrust Farjestad BK to a 4-3 Swedish Hockey League victory over Linkoping HC.

Exactly one minute into the extra session with each team down a man, Asplund drifted down the right circle to swipe a Joakim Nygard pass to complete the come-from-behind victory in front of a raucous home crowd.

The marker was Asplund's first of the season, seventh of his SHL career and second-ever game-winner.

On Saturday, Jonas Johansson stopped all 25 shots sent his way as Almtuna IS blanked VIK Vasteras HK 2-0. The shutout improves Johansson to 2-2 with a 1.01 GAA and .957 save% in the season's early goings. He had just two shutouts all of last season with AIS.

Also from Saturday, Victor Olofsson again skated without a point as Frolunda HC avenged Friday's 7-2 loss with a 3-1 win over Brynas IF. The first three games of the season have seen Olofsson skate for 11:55, 11:56 and 11:53. The 21-year-old shooter averaged 15:20 per night a season ago with MODO, where he finished as the team's leading goal scorer and overall point-getter.


A pair of Sabres 2016 picks had quiet starts as USHL regular season got underway.

In Friday action, rookie defenseman Philip Nyberg logged a minus-one rating as Madison was edged by Green Bay 3-2. Top 2017 prospect Casey Mittelstadt scored a goal and an assist for the Gamblers.

On Saturday, Brett Murray produced two shots on goal as Youngstown dropped their opener to Team USA by a 5-3 score. Josh Norris (Michigan) and Evan Barrat (Penn State) each had a goal and an assist to pace the winning side.