With a four game win streak and 28 goals over that period, Färjestad show no signs of slowing down.
Team of the Week
Färjestads offence this week continued to prove that they are a team to be reckoned with as a pair of come from behind victories propelled them in to fourth overall in the standings.
They kicked off the week with their first game of the season against newcomers Leksand in Löfbergs arena. Coming off a 12-0 victory against Oskarshamn the previous Saturday, Färjestad was looking to continue their offensive success. However, despite a 17-6 shot differential in the first period, Leksand was able to carry a 2-1 lead in to the first intermission.
Färjestads offence would come alive in the second, scoring three times to Leksands one and the game headed in to the final frame 4-3 in favour of the home town team. An additional two goals in the final frame was enough for Färjestad to hold on for the 6-4 victory and come away with the full three points.
Their second game of the week also proved to be a tough contest for Färjestad as they faced off against HV71 in Jonköping, a game which also happens to be our...
World Feed Game of the Week
Coming in to the matchup on Saturday evening both HV71 and Färjestad had strung together a three game win streak and were hoping to make it four.
Coming off a presentation honouring former HV71 stars Per Ledin and Andreas Jämtin, the hometown team was hoping to put on a good show for their fans and it didn't take long for them to bring the arena to their feet. Just over three minutes in to the first frame Linus Fröberg streaked in to the offensive end and sent a beautiful cross ice feed to his Captain Simon Önerud who buried it to give them the 1-0 lead.
On the other side of the ice, Färjestad came out firing on all cylinders in the first and absolutely peppered Jonas Gunnarsson between the pipes with 18 shots on net in the first 20 minutes. Despite the massive amount of opportunities, including two powerplay chances, Jonas Gunnarsson stood tall and turned aside all shots he faced. Despite being outshot 18-4 in the frame, HV71 would carry the 1-0 lead in to the first intermission.
The second frame would prove to be a bit more evenly matched on the shot clock as both teams exchanged chances and both goaltender looked solid between the pipes.
It wouldn't take long, though, for Färjestad to tie things up. just 66 seconds in to the frame, the shot from Sebastian Erixon would be redirected by Gustav Rydahl out front and found its way past Gunnarsson. Not to be outdone, HV71 would respond with a pair of goals, both coming from Linus Sandin in the first 10 minutes of the period.
Coming in to this one, Färjestad boasted the best powerplay percentage in the league at 43% effeciency and HV71 boasted the best penalty kill at 86%, but it proved to be the penalty kill for both teams that was dominant in this one. Despite another 3 powerplay opportunities in the frame, one for Färjestad and two for HV71, neither team was able to take advantage of their opportunities on the man advantage. The game would head to the third period 3-1 in favour of HV71.
Unfortunately for HV71, things would start to fall apart early in the third frame as Michael Lindqvist's perfectly placed shot past Gunnarsson would pull Färjestad back within one. Just a couple minutes later, Gustav Rydahl on the breakaway, would beat Gunnarsson to tie things at three. HV71 would give up a powerplay opportunity late in the frame, but their league leading penalty kill was solid enough to deny Färjestad the go ahead goal. It looked as if the game would be bound for overtime, but Färjestad has other ideas. With just 42 seconds remaining in the frame, a streaking Gustav Rydahl took the feed from Carl Jakobsson and completed his hat trick for the game winning goal.
3 Stars of the Game
3 - Linus Sandin (HV71) 2G 2 SOG
2 - Sebastian Erixon (FBK) 2A 2 SOG
1 - Gustav Rydahl (FBK) 3G 6 SOG
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Rögle and Frölunda continue to sit first and second overall as both those teams continue to have great success early in the season. Rögle has now strung together seven straight wins and Frölundas lone blemish in that same span was a 2-1 loss against Rögle. Skellefteå and Färjestad have improved their standings this week as they try to keep pace with the league leaders. Örebro has moved back in to the top six and knocked Djurgården to the bubble spot in sixth. Despite jumping up to fourth last week, HV71 now find themselves on the outside of the top six, tied in points with Luleå for seventh. Linköping, Brynäs and Växjö continue to jump around in the bottom three, with their victory on Saturday, Linköping now sits 12th overall with just nine points in their first 10 games.