Karlstad, Sweden (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Former University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) star and Duluth native Jack Connolly needed less than two minutes of the season's first game to score his first professional goal, helping Farjestad BK to a 5-2 win over Zurich on Friday.
Connolly scored just 1:56 into his official professional debut, credited with a power play goal after a teammate put a shot toward the goal and it deflected off his body. The former Bulldog then added another goal in the second period, finishing the game with two goals for Farjestad BK.
Wearing #89 with his new team, Connolly was named the player of the game following the victory. The official Farjestad BK website also pointed to Jack as one of the best players on the ice on Friday night.
Farjestad BK had played two exhibition games already in the 2012 season, but Friday's game served as the team's official season opener. League play for the team is set to begin in early September.
Connolly finished the 2011-12 season with 20 goals and 40 assists for the UMD Bulldogs, and after the season he was announced the winner of the 2012 Hobey Baker Award.
Farjestad BK will play its next game in the European Trophy tournament on Saturday against EV Zug, with that set for 5:00 p.m. local time.