Stjernen – Frisk Asker by 20Legend
Stjernen continued their terrific form with their third win in a row against Lorenskog (3-5) last Thursday. It was a match where Stjernen was the actual favorites after Lorenskog’s deåressive start to the season and it started great for the visitors. It took only eight minutes before the puck was in the net after a great one-on-one situation with the goaltender. However, Lorenskog wanted to improve their season and responded only a minute after the first goal. Stjernen was still the better team in the first period and had the imitative as the first period was about to end. Stjernen’s Karlsson and Mikaelsen came 2 against 1 in the last minute of the period and took advantage of it by taking back the lead.
Lorenskog was playing their best game this season despite coming under twice in the first period and started the second one by equalizing once again. However, this was the period that ruined their chances with unnecessary 2-minute penalties. That did not go unpunished against an in-form team like Stjernen is these days. The visitors scored two powerplay-goals which made it 2-4 before the last period. Lorenskog struggled to come back a third time, but managed to get a third goal with just 30 seconds to go in the third period. They pulled their goaltender out in hopes of getting another equalizer, but it went the other way. Stjernen scored an empty-net goal which sealed their third win in a row and more confidence to the team. That keeps them in 2nd place with 17 points after the first eight games.
Frisk Asker lost against Lillehammer (2-3 after OT) in their last game last Thursday. It was a close game, but you always had the feeling that Lillehammer was the better team when looking at the match. The first period was not involving a lot of entertainment though, but the second one woke up both teams. Frisk Asker managed to score a shorthanded goal halfway through the second period. The game was still close and Lillehammer managed to respond six minutes later before taking the lead shortly after. The third period went back similar to the first one with personal mistakes and low tempo. However, Frisk Asker managed to equalize in a powerplay after 15 minutes which secured overtime.
The overtime did not last very long as Frisk Asker’s Jimmy Anderson got another unnecessary 2-minute penalty after 1.40 on the clock. Lillehammer punished them once again by scoring the decisive on powerplay after 2.57 in order to seal the win. Frisk Asker got only one point and it was not their best performance of the season for sure. The result kept Frisk Asker at their 3rd position with 15 points so far.
Stjernen’s confidence has brought them three impressive wins in a row now, but Lorenskog manage to keep the nerve in the game for a long time. Frisk Asker will be looking to improve their recent performance try to build on their away statistics this season that counts two wins and one loss after overtime. I can see this as quite an open match where Frisk Asker should really step up in order to get something. However, Stjernen showed some weaker signs in their last game that Frisk Asker should be able to take advantage of. I think that it will be an open match was both teams will be scoring at least two goals. With a high tempo expected right from the start, I find value on both teams to score already in the first period as we saw in Stjernen's game against Lorenskog.