Storhamar fell at home and lost home ice advantage

(Foto: Fredrik Hagen)

April 9th 2019, playoff finals game 3 of 7

Storhamar vs Frisk Asker 0-1 FINAL
(0-1, 0-0, 0-0)

Storhamar lost at home for the first time in the playoffs, and it felt like a big blow. Nicklas Dahlberg stopped 49 shots and played a monstrous game for the visitors. The blue dressed Yellows had most of the run of play during the game, but the rubber just wouldn’t find its way past the Swedish born netminder. He played in a kind of trance, and every shot, no matter the difficulty, was saved. At times his performance was unbelievable, he got to shots from all angles, up and down, deflections, redirections, it was a mere MVP display, nothing less.

His counterpart, Oskar Östlund, also made some huge saves to keep the score down. But he had to see one go through, a redirected shot by Kyle Bonis 15 minutes into the first act.

Storhamar did almost everything right during the game, but when facing a ghost like Dahlberg in net, our boys never managed to break the code or create the needed traffic in the crease and in the low slot. The Frisk defence also put up a solid effort by «eating» pucks and blocking shots, by being strong on the rebounds and by holding the Yellows on the outside. The refs also played their part by allowing lots of irregularities both ways, a dangerous combo in such an important game. But at least neither team was favored more than the other.

Frisk took a 2-1 lead in the final series and also stole the home ice advantage in the process, whilst Storhamar need to go back to the drawing board and find a plan to crack the lack of goal scoring situation.