OHL’s William Wallen Scores An Outstanding Shootout Goal
It can be tough finding a way to beat last year’s Ontario Hockey League and Memorial Cup champions, the Windsor Spitfires. St. Michaels Majors forward William Wallen thought he had the answer as he pulled something out from his bag of tricks Friday night.
With the game tied at 2-2 after regulation and five minutes of 4-on-4 overtime, both teams prepared for the shootout. The first round of shooters drew blanks, setting the stage for Wallen to put his Majors up by a goal. He did just that, but in a rather unorthodox, yet magnificent, manner. Going one-on-one against Spitfires goalie Troy Passingham, Wallen turned his back towards the netminder, slid his stick through his legs, and flipped the puck top shelf, notching what may as well be the OHL’s goal of the year.
Unfortunately, top prospects Ryan Ellis and Taylor Hall of Windsor were not impressed and would eventually spoil the show with two goals of their own to give the Spits the shootout victory.
Wallen’s goal will be talked about for some time, and you can expect the comparisons between himself, Oliver Wahlstrom, Linus Omark, and any other hockey player who has dazzled fans with some sweet shootout moves, to begin. So does Wallen’s goal rank among the best? And if so, where? These are the questions that will continue to be debated for weeks (and maybe months) to come.