December 30th 2018
Sparta Warriors vs Storhamar 3-4 FINAL
(1-2, 0-2, 2-0)
The first period was an even affair seeing Storhamar one goal ahead. Victor Svensson scored early to send the Yellows in front, at the 4.05 mark, as he swiped home a Robin Dahlstrøm rebounder. Joel Johansson could have doubled the lead a few minutes later, but his open shot from the low crease didn’t hit the target. Sparta equalized the score at the end of a counter attack when Martin Grönberg beat Oskar Östlund on the low blocker side, and as everyone was waiting for the buzzer, Lars Løkken Østli’s open shot from downtown beat both goalie Jens Lillegrend and the clock. It was a soft goal for the Sparta to let in, and since it was scored during the last second of the frame it hurt even more.
The Yellows were the better team in the middle act and built up a solid three goal cushion. Two goals were scored, both by D-man Christian Bull, the first early on when he scored in a gaping net from the far side after a Patrick Thoresen shot from the slot. And then the youngster snapped in a left circle shot during a powerplay half way into the frame. Storhamar could even have scored more, but Samuel Ward, who’d stepped in for Lillegrend after the fourth goal, managed to keep his net clean. At the other end Östlund had to step up a couple of times, and he also had help from the plumbing on one occasion. But in general Storhamar’s lead was well deserved.
The third stanza was a hard fought battle for the Yellows. Nothing seemed to go their way, and Sparta came inches from a huge comeback. But luckily for Storhamar Oskar Östlund and his teammates held on for the three points by putting up some heroic displays when needed. The Warriors stroke twice during the period, both scored by Didrik Svendsen, and they also misused a 1.20 minute 5 on 3 powerplay after that. Both of Svendsen’s goals were nice ones, the first from close range and the second a snap from the slot. Patrick Thoresen could have killed it when he misused an all alone counter attack just before the Sparta two men advantage, and Niklas Fogström missed an empty net early in the period to make it 5-1 – a score that probably would have put an end to the contest before Sparta’s comeback. But the most important thing was that the guys held on all the way til the horn.
It was a great result to bring into the new year celebration. Happy New Year!