Solid win for Storhamar

(Foto: Thomas Westling)

February 3rd 2019

Storhamar vs Stjernen 9-5 FINAL
(2-2, 5-1, 2-2)

The first period was a circus period containing four goals, a pair for each team, and also a bundle of wasted chances at both ends. The Yellows went ahead when Robin Dahlstrøm snapped it home up in the top glove corner before Stjernen stroke back twice during a five minute period around the half way point. Jens Tønjum opened his team’s scoring by beating Oskar Östlund from short range, and then David Hallström was fed by Joachim Nielsen on the far side for an open net. Storhamar seemed to fall back into troubled ways once again, but luckily the team turned it up a notch and started to dominate. It resulted in a tying goal when Victor Svensson found an open Aaron Irving in the high slot, and the Canadian native beat Sander Berg with a wrister. Both goalies made some key saves during the period as well, the defence didn’t seem to be a priority for either team during the first stanza.

The second act became a «ketchup bottle effect» period for the Yellows. Stjernen scored in the first shift to take a 3-2 lead when Joacim Sundelius found himself all free in the crease to score an easy goal. But from there on and out it was all about Storhamar. Five unanswered goals were scored to take a demanding four goal lead into the second break. The scoring bonanza started with an Aaron Irving powerplay blast from downtown. Sander Berg’s glove couldn’t hold it. Another powerplay goal followed, this time a redirection from Kurt Davis after a nice pass from Irving, Irving’s fourth point of the evening. A few minutes later Joel Johansson picked up the garbage and scored from the low slot after a nice Christian Larrivée move followed by a Mikael Zettergren shot. The third powerplay goal of the evening came up, this time a close top corner bomber from the right circle by Zettergren. And to finish off the bonanza, Simen Edvardsen scored a tap-in from the doorstep after another heavy shift in the O-zone. Goalie Max Nygren, who’d stepped in after Storhamar’s fourth goal, almost saved it, but somehow he fumbled it so that the Storhamar youngster could light the lamp. Oskar Östlund didn’t have too much to do, but when called upon he made a monstrous double save when a Stjernen player had a gaping net to cut Storhamar’s lead.

The third stanza was a scrappy affair. Storhamar seemed mentally more or less switched off whilst the visitors were never close to coming back in the game. Four goals came out of it though, two for each team – as in the first period, to make the final score an «old time» high scoring 9-5. The Yellows stroke first when Christian Bull made some nice moves after a Larrivée face-off win and went top shelf to beat Nygren. A few minutes later Sundelius got his second of the contest when he beat Oskar Östlund from close range. In the dying minutes of the game, Steffen Thoresen scored shorthanded when he went five-hole all alone with the goalie on a counter attack before David Hallström managed to lure it under Östlund in that same one man advantage to settle the final score. Hallström’s goal came just a few seconds before the horn.