Sunday, September 24, 2017

9/23 Recap: Olofsson powers PP; Hagel comes out hot

Victor Olofsson continued to exercise his power-play prowess Saturday, notching a goal and an assist in the opening frame as Frölunda dropped a 7-4 decision to Färjestad BK.

Olofsson got it going in the game's eighth minute with a short feed for a primary helper to make it a 1-0 game.

The assist was great, but Olofsson's wrist shot is his money maker. He put that on display with 4:48 left in the period for his first goal of the SHL season.

Rasmus Asplund picked up an assist on the second of two Farjestad empty-netters, giving him points in all three games thus far. His four points are currently tied for fourth among SHL skaters.

Asplund, who logged a season-high 20:17 of work for his fifth-career 20-plus minute effort, drew the attention of frustrated FBK defenders later in the third period. After taking a cross-check to the back and hitting the ice, Asplund got into a little skirmish at the end of the shift at the FBK to walk away with a roughing minor.

After netting three goals and four points in three games with Djurgårdens IF's junior squad, Marcus Davidsson was recalled to the big club in a 2-1 loss to Luleå HF. Davidsson skated for 9:19 while occupying the fourth-line center role.

In Finland, Oskari Laaksonen notched one assist and produced 11 shot attempts in 26:44 of action as Ilves U20 dropped a 2-1 decision to Jokerit.

In the WHL, Brandon Hagel cashed a one-timer for his first goal of the year and added two helpers as Red Deer opened the season with a 7-3 victory over Edmonton.

After producing two primary assists in the opening frame, Hagel (#22) hit for the game-winning goal with 6:23 remaining in the middle frame to complete the three point night.

Vojtech Budik logged a minus-1 rating as Prince Albert lost to Moose Jaw 7-3.

In the OHL, Cliff Pu picked up a pair of helpers including one of the overtime winner to propel London to a 3-2 victory over Saginaw.

Also from the OHL, defenseman Austin Osmanski (-1) contributed two shots on goal in Mississauga's 5-2 loss at Kingston.