Montreal Canadiens prospect Martin Reway put in a pair of beautiful goals for Sparta Prague against Geneve-Servette on Saturday, helping Prague gain entry to the next round of the Champions Hockey League tournament.
Reway, a 2013 4th round pick (116 overall), opened up the scoring for Prague, beating Geneve-Servette goaltender Robert Mayer after kicking a pass in the skates to his stick, making stickhandling widely in a tight space to move forehand and beat Mayer blocker-side.
For his second marker of the game, Reway got a break, using great speed to turn both Geneve-Servette defenders around and get clear passage to the net, but Eliot Antonietti gives him a good whack before before driving Reway into the boards behind the net. After the penalty was called there was a short scuffle behind the net that was going nowhere with the diminutive Reway standing 10 inches shorter than the 6-foot-6 Antonietti.
Reway exhibits some great stickhandling on the penalty shot, moving across the net mouth and sending the puck in the opposite direction from his body, putting it past Mayer backhand while Reway continues moving toward his forehand side.
Reway’s second goal of the game put Sparta up 4-2. They went on to win 5-2, qualifying for the next round.
Watch both goals in the highlights here.
In an interview after the game an interviewer asked Reway if he knew the shot he was going to take on the penalty shot ahead of time. He only responded “Yes, I knew.”
Playing for Sparta last year, in the top Czech league, Reway scored nine goals and 37 points in 34 games. Through four games of the CHL tournament this season he has a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Thriving in CHL competition seems to be a trend for the small forward, who posted two goals and eight points in eight CHL games last year.
He had a lot of success last year in the World Juniors Championships as well, scoring four goals and nine points in seven games as the captain of the Slovakian National Team.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.