Last season in the National Hockey League he teamed up with superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson on the Ottawa Senators blue line to form an elite defending duo.
In Oduya’s first SHL game he helped the Novotel Spitfires beat AWARE 4-2, a team that the Spitfires have not beaten all year. In his second match, Oduya joined TRUE and helped that team to a 7-3 win over Hertz.
The drama came in his third appearance, the first game on February 10, when he played for TRUE again, this time against the Novotel Spitfires. The teams were tied at three after regulation time, and then after a 3-on-3 four-minute overtime session they were still tied, so they went to a shoot-out.
Both teams first two shootout attempts failed and Novotel’s Michael White failed to win the game on Novotel’s third attempt. This sent Oduya in alone on Spitfire keeper Yves Gaboriault and he blasted it by Yves to give TRUE the dramatic victory. Gaboriault had make two spectacular shootout saves prior to Oduya’s game-winning goal.
As we head to the close of the 2018-2019 season, AWARE and Novotel have first and second place locked up respectively, but only one point separates third-place Hertz and last-place TRUE and no team wants to play AWARE in the opening round of the best-of-three semi-final playoffs starting Sunday March 3.
Novotel’s Corry Day is still leading the SHL scoring race with 28 points (16G, 12A), while AWARE’s Harrison Oztemel sits a point back in second spot with a league-leading twenty-one goals and six assists for 27 points. AWARE’s Juhani Ijas is third spot with 13 goals and 12 assists for 24 points. TRUE’s Jordan Ashton (13G, 9A) and Novotel’s Michael White (9G, 13A) are tied for fourth place with 22 points each.
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