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Anton Lundell notches four goals for HIFK

Finland v Switzerland: Semifinals - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

After missing two games for undisclosed reasons, Anton Lundell, the Florida Panthers first round draft pick in 2020, scored four goals to led HIFK to a 5-2 win over SaiPa in Saturday action from Finland’s Liiga.

Lundell scored the game’s first three goals, completing his natural hat trick 54 seconds into the middle period by splitting the defense to finish off a spectacular end-to-end rush. His final goal came on a penalty shot midway though the third, his second penalty shot conversion of the game.

The outburst gave the 19-year-old seven goals in seven games played this season. He scored ten in 44 games in 2019-20. He leads HIFK in goals and is third on the team in scoring with eight points.

Lundell seven goals are the second-most in Liiga to Aleksi Saarela’s eight. Saarela scored in Lukko’s 6-1 win over Assat to maintain his league lead. Prospect Eetu Luostarinen is also off to a fine start in Finland’s top league with two goals and four assists in five games for KalPa. He is tied with Aleksi Klemetti for the team lead in scoring.

NHL Signings

The Calgary Flames inked UFA Josh Leivo to a one-year deal worth $875K. Leivo produced seven goals and 19 points in 36 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season. (Matchsticks & Gasoline)