A dream start for Storvreta, a dream comeback for Mullsjö but in the end, it was Storvreta to show enough resilience to take down the 5th semifinals match for a 3-2 lead in matches. The game ended 9-6 for the home team.
What started as a golden opportunity for Mullsjö to start the match well, instead turned into the beginning of a period with complete Storvreta dominance. The opportunity was a powerplay for Mullsjö in the third minute but it was Tobias Gustafsson to score shorthanded for Storvreta. It was the start of a great period for the home team and after 12 minutes the score was already 4-0 for Storvreta thanks to great, fast passing. Mullsjö, for this half of the period, looked like a bad-performing team from the Swedish second division and was no match for Storvreta. However, they scored one important goal before the period ended.
What happened next was remarkable. Storvreta pressed but made big mistakes and Mullsjö executed their play excellently. Within 40 seconds, Mullsjö managed to play around the Storvreta press and score twice. The team continued their impressive play and pushed Storvreta back to their own half and managed to equalize the score thanks to a goal by Kasper Hedlund. The game had turned around in less than 5 minutes. Robin Nilsberth, one of Storvreta’s giants this playoffs, however, managed to stop Mullsjö’s march when one of his famous inward sweepershots found the net. Storvreta solidified its grip on the game a couple of minutes later with a powerplay goal but if history showed anything it was that Mullsjö can never be too far away.
With a 6-4 score on the board at the start of the final period, Mullsjö knew what it had to do. It took twelve minutes for the first goal to fall and it was Storvreta’s Jimmie Petterson to close down the 7-4 in a counter and, some minutes later, also the 8-4. Mullsjö was able to score the 8-5 and 8-6 in a 6 vs 5 situation but it was not nearly enough for a comeback as Henrik Stenberg even scored the 9-6 in open net.