December 28th 2018
Storhamar vs Frisk Asker 5-0 FINAL
(0-0, 1-0, 4-0)
The first period started as a slow and scrappy affair. Neither team managed to create much, it was more a battle along the boards without seeing the goalies break too much sweat. Half way into it Storhamar seemed to pick up the pace though and created some huge chances in front og Niklas Dahlberg in net. Closest to capitalizing came Christian Larrivée during a powerplay, but the Quebec native missed an open net on the far side. The Frisk goalie made som key saves during the last phase of the frame to keep it scoreless after one.
The middle act continued in the same fashion with Storhamar controlling the run of play and creating most of the scoring chances. The deadlock was broken five minutes into it, shorthanded, as Robin Dahlstrøm beat Dahlberg five-hole from the circle on a counter attack. The Yellows played solid in defence and Jonas Strand in net had an easy task of guarding the net. At the other side Dahlberg was challenged many times, but somehow he managed to keep it at one even though he faced a lot of danger. Victor Svensson and Simen Hansen both missed onetimers on gaping nets, while Patrick Thoresen, Mikael Zettergren and Christian Larrivée also could have lit the lamp. But it stood at one after two periods.
The ketchup bottle effect came to show in the third stanza as the hosts scored four in what was a scoring chance bonanza for the home team. The Yellows also had a couple of dates with the plumbing whilst Dahlberg in net also made som huge saves to keep the score down. The duo Kjetil Martinsen and Mikael Dokken had a blast scoring two tic-tac-toe goals, almost identical, as Martinsen was set up all alone on the far post. Aaron Irving also got to score on his own rebound through traffic, and Jimmy Andersson beat Dahlberg from the circle for the only powerplay goal of the contest. Jonas Strand only had to face 11 shots during the evening, but he was perfect as well.