9/2 Recap: Olofsson pots winner

In Saturday Champions Hockey League action, Victor Olofsson scored the game-winning goal with just under eight minutes to play to propel Frölunda HC to a 2-1 win over ZSC Lions Zürich.

Olofsson did what we've seen him do many times over, scoring with a one-timer on the power play, to ice the victory and keep Frölunda atop Group H with a 4-0 record.

Operating in the right circle, Olofsson's lethal shooting skill is the focal point of FHC's top power play unit. He'll often dart to the right post with his stick down when the puck goes high to low on the left side, but on this play he opened up in the circle to power a shot into the back the net from 20 feet out.

The blast was one of six shot attempts for Olofsson, who saw 16:41 of action in the victory.

Through four Champions League games, Olofsson has three goals and 15 shots on goal for the League's defending champion.

Elsewhere, Rasmus Asplund recorded one assist while centering the second line as Färjestad BK downed EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz 7-1 at the Vinschgau Cup, a three-team preseason tournament hosted by German club ERC Ingolstadt.

Asplund made a nice play retrieving a missed shot in the corner and quickly slipping a pass through the legs of an oncoming checker for a secondary helper on Färjestad's fourth goal.

Asplund, who served as an assistant captain for FBK in the win, now has six points (2+4) in exhibition play.

Färjestad gets right back at it Sunday when they face ERC Ingolstadt in the tourney finale.

In Finland, Oskari Laaksonen surpassed 23:00 TOI for the third game in a row (23:14) as Ilves U20 got smoked by Jokerit 6-1. Laaaksonen finished the game with two shots on goal and a minus-3 rating.

In the OHL, Austin Osmanski picked up a pair of power-play assists as Mississauga dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Guelph. Osmanski's helpers came on goals by Owen Tippett (FLA), who was chosen 10th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, and Ryan McLeod, who has a chance to go in the top 10 in 2018.


In Friday CHL preseason action, Brandon Hagel picked up a pair of helpers as Red Deer opened the exhibition slate with a 5-3 victory over Calgary.

Both of Hagel's helpers came on goals by import rookie Kristian Reichel, who notched a hat trick in his first game action with the Rebels.

In the OHL, Cliff Pu recorded one assist and won 13 of 19 draws as London kicked off the preseason schedule with a 7-4 win over Sarnia.

Pu, who did not record a fighting major in 167 career games entering this season, got tangled up with Kelton Hatcher late in the third period and was tossed from the game.

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