Storhamar stroke back in game 5

(Foto: Fredrik Olastuen)

March 30th 2019, playoff semifinals game 5 of seven

Storhamar vs Stavanger Oilers 5-1 FINAL
(2-0, 2-0, 1-1)

Storhamar scored only 14 seconds into the first period to get a flying start in this key game in the series. A Kurt Davis throw-in from the blueline was redirected by Victor Svensson. The puck beat Henrik Holm five-hole. Storhamar fed off the buzz and continued to pressure in the O-zone, and the lead was doubled 12 minutes in. Joel Johansson scored a classy goal by «double volleying» the puck to score. He hit it in the air to himself, and then he gave it a touch towards Holm and the goal to go five-hole once again. The arena was rocking.

The blue dressed hosts played a solid second stanza as well. Stavanger also had their opportunities to score, but Oskar Östlund stood his ground when needed. And it was Holm that had the more difficult task, and he had to let in two more. A powerplay tally by Robin Dahlstrøm made it 3-0. Captain Patrick Thoresen, who was back in the team after having been out with a lower body injury for a couple of games, found Dahlstrøm in the low crease, and Dahlstrøm lit the lamp by going… guess what?… FIVE-HOLE! A minute later Holm was beaten once more, this time by a «between the legs» redirection from Steffen Thoresen’s stick on a Christian Bull drive from downtown. The puck found its way into the back of the net on the low near side.

The visitors could never challenge for a comeback in the third inning. The hosts played solid in their own D, and the Oilers didn’t seem to have the mental attitude for an upset. Still Östlund had to come up big on a couple of occasions to keep them off the scoreboard. Storhamar added another powerplay goal at the 12.34 mark when Patrick Thoresen found Victor Svensson on the far post with a brilliant dish, and Svensson made the most of it and thereby scored his second of the game. Gregory Mauldin managed to break Stavanger’s deadlock three minute before the horn. The right winger got to pick up his own rebound three times from the backdoor, and the third attempt beat Storhamar’s goalie to set the final score at 5-1. Storhamar thereby took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.