In a second attempt at reaching the Swedish Super League, Kim Nilsson and Kalmarsund are heading into the qualifiers with a tough opponent waiting for them.
After finishing at 2nd place in the league, Kalmarsund is ready to qualify for the SSL. Their first opponent will be Karlstad IBF, last season’s SSL relegation team that finished just one step below in the table.
Going into the best-of-three series, Kalmarsund will have a slight advantage and play the first and the last (if it goes to match 3) game on home soil. However, Karlstad is a tough opponent who got several players with both SSL- and even senior national team experience, such as Adam Colling, Tom Colling, and Kevin Björkström.
Kim Nilsson, who had somewhat of a slow start to the season ended up being the league’s 2nd best point scorer at 65 (39+25) points in just 22 games. The 1st place was taken by Karlstad’s Adam Colling who scored 70 points (38+32).
Looking back at the team’s history against each other this season, both teams have 1 win against each other, although Karlstad’s was on overtime after a decider by Adam Colling. In January Kalmarsund convincingly won 8-2 and Kim Nilsson stood for a class performance with his 3+1.
It’s been 4 years since Kim Nilsson last played in the Swedish Super League, during his time in AIK. After 2 years in Swiss NLA and GC Zürich, he returned to Sweden all Kalmarsund with ambitions to qualify for the SSL. In his first year, the team lost already in the first qualifier round against IBF Örebro, who went to qualify for the SSL and even secure the contract, something rather unusual for a newcomer.
Kalmarsund’s qualifier schedule
Sunday 18/3 Kalmarsund – Karlstad
Tuesday 20/3 Karlstad – Kalmarsund
Saturday 24/3 Kalmarsund – Karlstad