Storvreta had to give up first place to Falun for a brief period of time as Falun started off the 29th round yesterday with three points against Mullsjö. The one point that differentiated them prior to the round has been restored and Storvreta is once again placed first in the league after winning with big numbers down south in Sweden’s more tropical regions (they just have less snow) against Höllvikens IBF. The guests flew down to save on energy rather than getting on a never ending bus ride and continued to spend the two first periods on saving even more energy.
Their first game since the WFCQ18 break didn’t evolve into the hectic fight for life-scenario you’d expect this close upon the playoffs and remained quite timid until we reached the third period. The tediousness during the two first periods was of course broken on occasion, Höllviken playing off an entire powerplay in the second period was two almost sensual minutes to witness for instance, but did mostly provide ample time to sterilise bottles and feed my 5-months-old son. Therefore, without mentioning an elbow straight up Karlsson’s face and a showoff in synchronised cross-checking by Stenmark and Gullberg of course, we’ll start at 19.03 in the second period.
Storvreta had just pulled away to 2-4 after a goal in powerplay by Tobias Gustafsson when Wilhelmsson awakened the whole arena with a slapshot from a different galaxy which brought the start of the third period to 3-4.
Höllviken displayed a consistency of high level floorball for longer periods of time, they just happened to disappear a little in all the eccentric and drowsy pace of the game. They equalised through Karlsson after only 50 seconds into the third and while Sjögren and Ahlroth quickly thereafter gave Storvreta the lead with two goals, Höllviken still came back once more in the form of Karlsson’s third goal and 6-6 by Kim Lundström. Storvreta’s overall pace still remained below all expectations until they let out all the energy they had been saving up.
Everything happened at once for Storvreta when they took the lead for the last time through Ahlroth with 7-6. The scoreboard showed 6-9 only one minute after Ahlroth’s goal and all of a sudden Höllviken were entirely left out of the game. By full time Storvreta had found the net eleven times and whilst Klintsten has kept a clean sheet before, he still only let six goals in.