To say that the final week of January was a memorable one for huge plays in the Minnesota rivalry between Northfield (Minn.) High and Shakopee (Minn.) High is an extreme understatement. First, there was this unbelievable basketball buzzer beater by Northfield senior Jordan Bardwell. Then, a day later, Shakopee responded in the incredible play tet-a-tet with this phenomenal hockey goal by Shakopee freshman Lance Buchtel.
As you can see above, Buchtel may have gotten a lucky bounce off a teammate's skate to get his odd-man break started, but his baseball-style finish is one of the most miraculous goals we've ever come across. Not only was Buchtel sliding on his rear end when he made contact with the puck, he was surrounded by two defenders and the Northfield goalie.
The goal was just one part of Buchtel's big game, too. The freshman also notched an assist in his highest scoring game of the season. He has six goals in Shakopee's 19 games this season.
The goal came in a 7-4 Shakopee win, a rare victory for the Sabers, who sit mired at the bottom of the Missota League standings at 3-8. While the goal may not help the Sabers resurrect what little shot of the playoffs they may still have, it will certainly provide a bright spot in an otherwise frustrating season ... and help the school respond to a remarkable play in a different sport from Northfield just hours before.