Calle Ackered was Guildford’s hero on Sunday night in the shootout against Cardiff. The Swede stepped up and pulled two fantastic moves as the Flames edged out the league leaders on penalty shots.
“I knew what I was going to do, I’d decided it before. My first move didn’t work in Coventry, so I said to myself ‘I’ll do this one’,” explained the 27-year-old. “I’ve done this ‘Peter Forsberg’ move before in Sweden, and it always worked when goalies don’t know what I’m going to do. I love penalty shots, I never say no to them!”
He continued: “On the first one I went to the left, so the next time up I knew I needed to come up with another move. Luckily it turned out well and I managed to score both of my attempts.”
Despite being a defenseman, Ackered is a potent attacking threat for the Flames and leads the league with 13 powerplay goals. “We have a good powerplay, I play with good players who set up the passes very well. But it’s getting a little bit harder now,” added the Stockholm native. “All of the teams know that I like to shoot a lot, and they see the videos of our games, so we need to improve it ourselves to make it even better. I always try to find a good spot, try to find open space, and I love to shoot the puck.”
Ackered is in his second season in the Elite Ice Hockey League, and is enjoying it. “I like this league, I think it’s good for my style of play – I like fast hockey with lot of attacking play. I think it’s close here to the Hockey Allsvenskan, but it’s a really tough league – every game is hard, and I love playing in the UK” he concluded.