February 14th 2019
Stavanger Oilers vs Storhamar 1-3 FINAL
(0-0, 1-2, 0-1)
The first period was an evenly played affair maybe seeing Storhamar one tiny notch better. The blue dressed Yellows had 16 shots on Stavanger goalie Henrik Holm, while Oskar Östlund at the other end had to handle 10. Both nedminders were perfect though, and especially Holm made some difficult saves on deflections. Stavanger were set up a couple of times by Storhamar give-aways in the D-zone, but luckily the hosts couldn’t take advantage. A tie after the first act was ok considering it all, but probably both should have broken their deadlocks.
The blue dressed Yellows were the better team in the middle frame. Our guys put on a heavy forecheck and by that produced a lot of chances. The hosts seemed frustrated and struggled to create any offence. Joel Johansson opened up Storhamar’s scoring when his shot from the left circle beat Holm on the near side, and just a couple of minutes later newcomer Troy Josephs doubled the lead in a powerplay with a Mikael Zettergren slap pass redirection from the slot. The visitors continued to create chances, and in the first box play of the day Patrick Thoresen was awarded a penalty shot on a break-away. The Oilers changed their goalie for the penalty shot, and on to the ice came Jonas Wikstøl who’s been a ghost on penalty shootouts this season. The young netminder robbed Thoresen’s attempt as well. The Storhamar captain tried to go five-hole, but Wikstøl said no. Then Henrik Holm stepped back between the pipes while Wikstøl found his place right back on the bench. In the last minute of the stanza Stavanger managed to cut the lead in half when Kristian Forsberg beat Oskar Östlund from close range on a rebound chance. It came out of nothing and felt totally unnecessary. But there we were, and the game was right back on before the third period.
The third period was dominated by solid defencive displays, especially by Storhamar. Stavanger had a push early on, and they had a couple of big opportunities to tie the game during a powerplay. But the Yellows held on, and a few minutes later the fourthliners had a huge shift and crowned it with an all important third goal. Mikael Dokken hammered it home from the right side after a heavy and solid job along the boards by Kjetil Martinsen. After the goal Storhamar closed the game by playing with safety first, and the minutes went along without any huge Oilers opportunities. At the horn Storhamar could celebrate a huge win on the road against another top seed opponent.