A Swedish second division hockey game ended in a potential match fixing controversy on Monday, and much of it is focused on Nashville Predators goalie prospect Connor Ingram.
Ingram was in net for Björklöven against Mora, and despite being down 3-0 Mora ended up as 8-4 victors. The rally included six power play goals, but what’s more interesting is even when the match was 3-1 Björklöven after the first period, the in-game odds actually got longer for the winning team. While Björklöven was leading 3-2, they became moneyline underdogs at +140. Earlier in the game, they moved from -130 to -145 when they took a 3-1 lead in the second period. Normally a two-goal lead for the favorite would push that well north of -220 or more on a three-way line.
Ingram was pulled after two periods after conceding five goals on 14 shots. He was sent back to North America by the club, but that was anticipated to be coming shortly anyway as players return for NHL training camps.
Several bookmakers took the game off the board while it was happening, and an investigation was launched immediately after the final horn. The home team wasn’t running from it, as they issued a statement welcoming all investigations. Bookmaker Svenska Spel, the state-owned bookmaker in Sweden, and the Swedish Ice Hockey Association are both looking into the matter.
The 23-year-old Ingram is from Saskatoon, and is yet to play in a regular season NHL game but has played in some preseason matchups. He was a third-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016, and was traded for a 2021 seventh-rounder in June of 2019 to Nashville. Last season he was with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, where he played 33 games and had a .933 save percentage.