When you are playing in your home town as the defending Swedish champions your opponent needs to bring a lot of cavalry to defeat you. Unfortunately the Swiss Rychenberg, today, came by foot and lost with a massive 8-2. That means that Rychenberg will play Sirius tomorrow for 3rd place and that Storvreta meets Classic tomorrow in the finals.
The game started seemingly well for Rychenberg when a quick cross pass resulted in the ball landing in the net behind Viktor Klintsten. Storvreta, though, never seemed to lose its cool. They methodologically applied pressure to the Swiss and played excellent – both offensively and defensively. The team scored in rapid succession and before the Swiss could blink even twice the score board already read 4-1. Would this score be typical for the whole game – or would the Swiss coach say some nasty words during the break?
The second period started relatively equal, but Storvreta still dominated. The way they carried the ball behind the goal and outside the slot, the ease of passing in small areas and the impressive combinations showed why the team became Swedish champions last year. Their line-up didn’t change a lot during the ‘silly season’ – they lost a couple of good players but didn’t bring in new ones – and you could see a well-oiled machine working its way through a somewhat passive Rychenberg. But 10 minutes into the second period the Swiss defense tried something new and threw a ball to the other side. Rasmus Sundstedt waited there and tried to score with a backhand volley. A wall named Viktor Klintsten seemed to make an end to the attack but Rasmus managed to turn around and take the rebound. And another one. Goal. Now the score read 4-2 and for a moment Rychenberg’s gap was only 2 points. Storvreta kept pressuring though and the Swiss – which included former player Holtz – slowly gave in to the constant threat. A shot by Nilsberth seemed to go nowhere but Simon Gustavsson was there to take the rebound and increase the lead back to 3 points. Storvreta, at this time, created countless opportunities. The last goal of the period was a tiny of a second before the bell rang. A desperate shot over the floor found the goalkeeper’s leg and the ball ended perfectly in front of Simon Gustavsson stick, who found the second goal of the evening.
The third period was probably the least interesting of them all. Despite the fact that Rudd made a short appearance suffering from an injury, Storvreta in no way seemed threatened and it was in fact in short-hand play that Storvreta increased the lead to 7-2 through a beautiful wrist shot by Petterson from a hard angle. After one more goal it was Storvreta who conquered Rychenberg and has to play Classic tomorrow. Rychenberg will face Sirius for third place.