Jon Kopacek scores while flying through the air. (via YouTube)
Minnesota high school player Jon Kopacek scored an absolutely incredible diving goal in the quarterfinal of the state tournament Wednesday afternoon. Kopacek dove past a defender and knocked in a rebound with his backhand while midair.
There has been great diving, sprawling goals in the last decade. But from Alex Ovechkin’s famous falling tally against the Coyotes to one this season in the EIHL, it’s hard to match the effort on this goal by Jon Kopacek.
Kopacek, a senior at New Ulm High School in New Ulm, Minn., scored what can’t even be considered a video game goal. After skating in over the opposition blueline, Kopacek fired a shot on goal, which left a big rebound.
When it was clear that he wasn’t going to beat the second defender to the puck, Kopacek dove for the loose puck, connected with his backhand and knocked it in past the outstretched pad of Mahtomedi netminder Will Swanson. See it for yourself:
This will be the goal Kopacek tells his kids – and his kids’ kids, for that matter – about for years. And you know if it came it at number one on ESPN’s SportsCenter it had to be a beauty. Kopacek hadn’t even landed when he chopped the puck home.
Unfortunately for Kopacek and his New Ulm Eagles, Mahtomedi went on to a 6-3 victory and advanced to the semifinal of the tournament. New Ulm will move on to play in the consolation side of the tournament.