Big upset loss for Storhamar

(Foto: Fredrik Hagen)

January 31st 2019

Storhamar vs Manglerud Star 3-4 FINAL SO
(1-3, 1-0, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)

Storhamar didn’t show up for the game and found themselves 0-3 down before the first period had passed the 6 minute mark. It was almost an unprecedented start by the blue dressed home team, unbelievably poor. In turn Jesper Hoel, Pontus Finstad and Mats Grøsvik beat Jonas Strand guarding the pipes, all from close range, and a time-out was called by coach Fredrik Söderström. Goalies were swapped, and in came Oskar Östlund. Storhamar managed to raise their game a bit, and it was enough to get on the board at the 9.32 mark when Patrick Thoresen scored from the back door. The hosts could have doubled their score during the last few minutes, but a solid Kristopher Joyce stood his ground to keep it at one after the first period.

Storhamar had most of the run of play in the middle act but couldn’t create more than a couple of huge scoring chances. Luckily for the hosts one of them found its way into the net when Joel Johansson’s feather shot from the blueline went in. Manglerud had many more big chances than Storhamar, but Östlund was tight, and he also had a little bit of luck. The game could easily have been out of reach for Storhamar at this point, but as it stood it was just a one goal game before the third.

The third stanza was a one way attack towards the Manglerud net. Storhamar racked up scoring chances in every other shift, but the efficiency was lacking. Aaron Irving’s snap shot from the circle managed to beat the MS goalie five minutes into it to tie the contest, but from there on and out it was just sad to watch. Not due to lack of good plays, but in stead due to the non-capitalizing-sickness that has haunted the team – except for the first line – for many months. It seems like the hockey Gods are in play – and it’s not good for our guys, that’s for sure. Joyce made four, five, six, seven, eight, nine…  monstrous saves during the last phase of the third period, and also in the sudden death period. In fact he ghosted his team to a shootout win. Cause in the shootout he was only beaten by Victor Svensson whilst Sam Coatta and Mats Grøsvik netted for the visitors.

Storhamar lost at home to MS for the first time in over two years and also misused the chance to step up to 2nd position in the standings.