January 28th 2019
Storhamar vs Sparta Warriors 1-0 FINAL
(1-0, 0-0, 0-0)
Storhamar had most of the run of play in the first period and took a deserved one goal lead into the break. The goal came 14 minutes into it when Martin Rønnild found the top corner behind Jens Lillegrend. Both teams had their fair share of scoring opportunities during the frame, and especially Oskar Östlund had to be on top. Even though the Yellows had most puck possession and were the better team, Sparta had better scoring chances. Martin Grönberg had the biggest of the lot when he was fed all alone with the Storhamar goalie, but his shot went too high. At the other end Storhamar’s D-men Kurt Davis and Joel Johansson came closest to capitalizing, only to see Lillgrend save Davis’s attempt from the back door and later on Johansson’s open shot from the slot.
The second act continued in the same fashion. The hosts were the better team having most puck control, and Sparta being the most dangerous team in front of the nets. Neither team managed to capitalize, but the Warriors dented the plumbing and also had a shot deflection passing just centimeters outside of the post. Storhamar’s chances were mostly produced by the fourth liners, and best of them all was youngster Jonathan Hafsmoe who created a lot of fuzz in the O-zone and also had three-four goal scoring attempts from good positions. Lillegrend stood his ground though, so no lamp was lit.
Storhamar played more solid in defence in the third stanza, but could still create a lot of offence. So Lillegrend had to come up with some key saves to keep his team still in the game including a minute plus in a 5 on 3 home team powerplay. At the other end of the ice Östlund wasn’t really challenged until the last few minutes when the Warriors mobilized a final push. Closest to scoring was Grönberg who got an almost identical chance as he missed in the first period, and luckily for the Yellows he missed once again.
That was it, and at the horn Storhamar could cheer for all three points after a somewhat scrappy affair, and Östlund’s shutout would be the most rememberable.