Vålerenga sweeps – Storhamar wins

JORDAL AMFI (VG) (Vålerenga – Storhamar 3–4) Vlerenga was on his way to a place in the semifinals, but Patrick Thoresen and Storhamar turned things around in the last round.

HERJET: Patrick Thoresen did well for Storhamar with three assists away against Vålerenga.

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– I feel like we gave it a little today. “We collapsed in the third half,” Vlerenga’s Mathis Olimb told TV 2.

The man in yellow cheered wildly when the final signal sounded. With a wild comeback in the capital, Storhamar led 3-2 in a best of seven series in the playoff quarter-finals. If Storhamar win a home game on Wednesday, they are active.

– We apply the best. There will be pressure on Hamar now. “We had more quality in the third period,” Storhamar coach Anders Gjøse told TV 2.

With many tight and hard duels ushered in a battle between two of Norway’s biggest hockey rivals. The hosts got off to a great start and took the lead by Tobias Lindström, assisted by Jørgen Karterud and David Booth, as 07.29 was on the board and going on among the home crowd in the hall. Just before the end of the period, Vlerenga doubled the lead at Booth.

In the second half, Lane reduced Robert Scheidl for Storhamar, but it took more than a minute before Vålerenga scored again to make it 3-1 by Axel Anders Sundberg, a goal which was agreed after lengthy refereeing checks.

– It’s cult bullshit. Jordal Amfi is the coolest thing you can get, Gabriel Koch of Vlerenga told TV 2 after two out of three terms.

CHEERS: Tobias Lindström and Stefan Espeland enjoying themselves after 1-0.

Then it wasn’t so cool anymore for Vålerenga and Koch.

He was fine when Eirik Salsten reduced beautifully to 2-3, following Patrick Thoresen’s assist, after 44.07. Just 34 seconds later, Thoresen saved a brilliant new goalscorer’s pass and Johs Nicholls could easily equalize in front of a rattled crowd.

And the pain just got worse for Espen “Shampoo” Knutsen’s men. After continuing to press, Sander Engebråten entered 4-3, again assisted by Thoresen and Simen Edvartsen.

– I don’t know what to say. It’s absolutely delicious, says Engebråten.

Vålerenga struggled to equalise, but Evan Buitenhuis kept the cage clean in the last half. He received the best prize among the Storhamar players. Vålerenga “won” shooting stats 46-24.

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