Prospect Park: Andersson’s Medal Toss Takes Away From Outstanding Play

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Lias Andersson (Andrea Cardin/HHOF/IIHF images)

Lias Andersson played one heck of a World Under-20 tournament for Team Sweden but sadly few will remember his play. What more people might remember is Andersson tossing his silver medal into the crowd after Sweden lost to Canada in the gold medal game 3-1.

Sorry, but if you accept Andersson’s behavior then you are forgetting the traditions that make ice hockey different. Maybe the real reason for Andersson’s action was his play in the game. Why not ask why Andersson saw his ice time cut in the gold medal game?

I would be asking the coaching staff why Andersson got just 13:35 in ice time for the game and just 3:02 in the third period. After all Andersson despite his cut in ice time still had more SOGs (five) than anyone else on Team Sweden. But what do you think people will remember of Andersson?

Instead of the 6-1-7 performance with the 55% win record on faceoffs and +5 it might be the medal toss that people will think of. Look nobody likes to lose but Andersson was wearing the uniform of his country and the “C” as team captain. Sorry but he was not playing for himself, he was representing Sweden on the world stage and now looks like a sore loser.

In this case, Andersson was in the wrong as people will rightfully question Andersson’s maturity.

Filip Chytil (Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Filip Chytil and his Czech Republic team were blasted by Team USA 9-3 to win the bronze medal. Chytil was scoreless on two shots and a -3 as the Czechs ended their run in the Under-20 tournament with a disappointing effort.

Like Andersson, Chytil had mostly good performance overall. Sure the offensive numbers were only 2-2-4 but Chytil was playing against the top line of the opposition in every game. Remember Chytil is a very young 18 playing for the first time in the Under-20 group.

Chytil caught my attention with his play on faceoffs winning 62% of them (fifth best) at the tournament. Let us see how he does when he returns to Hartford.

Tim Gettinger (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Tim Gettinger’s 20th goal of the season was the game-winner as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defeated the Oshawa Generals 3-2 in overtime. The win extended the Greyhounds unbeaten streak to 24-0-1.

In the second with the Generals on the power play, Gettinger got the primary assist on a shorthanded goal when Hayden Verbeek cashed in a rebound to tie the game at 1-1.

In the overtime period, Gettinger scored on the power play when he blasted a one-timer past the Oshawa goalie for the game-winner.

Gettinger is 20-17-37 with his fifth power-play goal and fourth game-winner.

Ty Ronning set up the game-winner and was 1-2-3 as his Vancouver Giants defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2. Ronning’s points gave him a 35-18-53 in 41 games matching his point total from last season in 68 games.

The Giants are 4-0-1 in their last five games as they moved to within two points of first place in the WHL’s BC Division. Ronning’s 35 goals are third best in the WHL.

Morgan Barron had an assist as his fourth-ranked Cornell Red knocked off Princeton 7-1. Barron improves to 4-8-12 on the season as Cornell improves to 12-2 on the season.

Adam Huska stopped 21 of 24 shots as his UConn Huskies lost to Merrimack 3-2 in overtime. Huska played well but could not prevent his third straight loss. Huska is 8-13-2 with a 2.54 goals against and a 0.913 save percentage.

Sean Day had a quiet debut for the Kingston Frontenacs to lost 4-3 to Day’s former team the Windsor Spitfires. Day was a -1 on just one shot in his first game back from the flu.

Tyler Wall was the backup goalie for his UMass Lowell River Hawks who knocked off Vermont. Wall has not played since December 9th having only appeared in six games this season.