Lorenskog vs Stjernen by 20Legend
Lorenskog comes from another loss last weekend against Lillehammer (2-7) which extends their negative streak of defeats into three. It was all clear that Lillehammer had done their homework in front of the game as they used counter-attacks to take the initiative from early on. It was a success with the score being 0-3 before the clock had reached the first seven minutes in the first period. Lillehammer kept on going and managed to get a fourth goal, before Lorenskog finally got their first and also a slight hope of making a comeback. That hope came to an end after the first five minutes of the second period with Lillehammer extend their lead once again.
Lorenskog tried to be more offensive before that goal, but Lillehammer’s goaltender had a great day between the pipes and it did not help that Lorenskog tried to take control of the game. When the scoreboard showed 1-5, it was possible to see a slight resignation among the players on the home team even though half of the game remained. Lorenskog tried to drag the tempo down and get the psychological advantage by making lots of fights on the ice, but even their effort here was not good enough. It resulted in Lillehammer got the first five minutes of the third period with powerplay and it sealed the game. They made it 1-7, before Lorenskog got the last goal of the evening.
Stjernen comes from a much more positive experience against Valerenga (4-3) last weekend at home. It was an impressive performance as Valerenga led the game after both the first (1-2) and second half (2-3). It was Stjernen’s confidence that made them able to turn it around as things seem to go well for them these days. They come out in the third period as clearly the better team and equalized early in the last period which gave them another boost through the remaining game. A powerplay goal 11 minutes later sealed the win and an impressive turnaround against a good opponent.
Lorenskog is in a very tough period and it seems to be both on and off the ice at the moment. The crowd has been disappointing with just about 500 attending lately which is a negative sign. The owners have also signaled that there will not be given any extra money to buy players either. All of these factors are probably because of poor performances, but it does not help the situation either way. Stjernen is the progressing team at the moment with good confidence and abilities even if they lost their best keeper earlier in the season. Lorenskog is made as a clear favorite which is not understandable at all in my opinion. However, they will be working hard to turn it around, but Stjernen will seek their third consecutive win and defend their 2nd place with great confidence. The odds on Stjernen to win are very good here, but I am taking a lower risk by giving them a handicap as well.