Vimal Sukumaran (via Robbie Snooks/YouTube)
Chilliwack Chiefs winger Vimal Sukumaran used some creativity to notch a highlight-reel goal against the Langley Rivermen. After a turnover by the Rivermen, Sukumaran went between his legs before roofing the puck past the Langley netminder.
In his first season in the BCHL, Chilliwack Chiefs winger Vimal Sukumaran is having an outstanding season. Through 33 games, the 19-year-old is 14th in league scoring with 25 goals and 45 points. But the highlight of Sukumaran’s season came this past week when he scored what will likely be the league’s goal of the year.
Midway through the first period of Wednesday’s game against Langley, the Rivermen were attempting to break out of their zone when Olivier Arseneau knocked the puck away from Torrin White. Aresenau then poked the puck past William Campion and right onto the stick of Sukumaran, who found himself alone in front of Rivermen goaltender Bo Didur.
Sukumaran had to reach for the puck to pull it back towards his body, and pulled the puck all the way between his legs before roofing it past Didur for a between-the-legs tally:
Adding a bit of insult to the tally, Didur was pulled after Sukumaran scored and it was the third goal he had allowed on seven shots. Though Sukumarans goal came in the first period, it held up as the game-winning goal in a game the Chiefs went on to win 7-2 on the strength of a five-goal first period.
Sukumaran committed to Providence College in 2015 and should be suiting up for the NCAA club next season. A native of Montreal, Sukumaran left Quebec in 2013 to play for Salisbury School in Connecticut. He played two seasons of U.S. High School hockey before one season in the East Coast Elite League.