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CHL – 8
League – 56
Challenge Cup – 10
Play Offs – 4
Total Goals: 10 / Total Assists: 16 / Total PIMs: 10
After an awful season last time out I thought Lacho improved this year.
A much better campaign from Beeston’s finest who has become a speciality role player and one of the best penalty killers in the EIHL.
Links up very well with Betteridge on the fourth line and always gives his all whenever he’s on the ice.
Good to see his points output increase as well.
Much like Steve Lee, last season was a particularly low ebb for Lachowicz in my opinion but has improved over this last campaign. Looked a lot more comfortable with the puck on his stick in the attacking zone and created some nice plays. As always, he is a really responsible player defensively, and is a huge asset on the penalty kill. Another player that comes in for some really fierce criticism from the fanbase, but especially with Clarke leaving there hasn’t been a time where we’ve really needed his signature like we do now in my opinion.
Like Lee he’s an easy target for the fans ire, undeservedly so IMO. His role has changed since his early days and now plays a shut down game, chasing pucks down and hassling opposition players. We all wish he’d score more but he plays a role in the squad, and as a Brit is an important cog in the Panthers machine.
After criticism from some quarters last season (myself included) about a certain ‘staleness’ in his game, Lachowicz responded with a better campaign this time around. Now cast very much in the role of fourth-liner and speciality penalty-killer, there appeared to be more zest and energy in the performances of Panthers long-time #7. Because of the role played on the roster, memorable moments involving Lachowicz similar to that of his breakaway CHL goal vs Hamburg several years ago are few and far between, but defensively he was sound and much more proactive in hassling players and skating after pucks into corners – displaying the work ethic others on the roster should aspire to producing.
Perhaps it’s the injection of some new British talent into the squad which has given him some impetus but Lacho seems to have picked up the pace a little this season. He’s not the goal scoring threat that many within the fan base would like him to be but he’s had a role to play and has struck up a great partnership with Ollie Betteridge on the penalty kill. He’s not the next David Clarke, we need to let that go and accept Lachowicz for the contribution he makes and also accept that those contributions may not always translate to points.