13 December 2019
Swedish Superligan

Falun takes 2-1 lead in the playoffs after defeating Helsingborg 7-1 (QF3)

In a rather one-sided game Falun beat Helsingborg for the second time in this best-of-7 playoff series: 7-1.

After Falun has won the first game 9-2 for many it came to a surprise Helsingborg responded immediately in the second quarter final game, which they won 7-4. Tonight’s third game gave Falun home advantage again, which they used to take another big victory over Helsingborg. The game needed a couple of minutes to ignite, but when Falun’s Adam Fernqvist received a 2-min penalty Helsingborg could put its powerplay line in. However, in a quick counter it was Rasmus Enström – assisted by Alexander Galante Carlström – who scored the opening goal. Just one minute after (and still in powerplay) Helsingborg scored the equalizer as Hampus Dargren assisted Linus Nordgren: 1-1.

After this the crowd could only cheer again at the end of p1 – but they could cheer twice: first when Galante scored, assisted by Emil Johansson, and only 21 seconds later when Enström made his second goal (a: Jonas Adriansson). After p1 the score was 3-1, but only one extra goal was made in p2. Despite having many chances, Falun only found the net once. It was Alexander Hallén who put the score at 4-1 at 12.38 in p2.

As Falun scored at 3.03 in p3 the 5-1 (Johannes Larsson, assisted by Simon Palmén), the game seemed over without Helsingborg having had even the slightest chance of getting a result. At 6.36 Thomas Holmgren gave Falun a 6-1 lead by putting a clean penalty shot behind goalie Jonathan Paulsson. Palmén got his chance at scoring, but his penalty shot four minutes later went wide.

With more than seven minutes left to play and a 6-1 score Helsingborg decided to take its goalkeeper out. Minutes later they even played 6-vs-4 as Galante Carlström got a 2-min penalty, but they didn’t manage to score again. Falun’s Johansson scored an empty net goal with just seconds left, making the final score 7-1. With this result Falun takes a 2-1 lead in the QF series. Next game will be played on Thursday (18.30).

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