What a save by Hunwick on the line.
1. Stavanger Oilers - 27
2. Lørenskog - 25
3. Sparta Sarpsborg - 22
4. Frisk Asker - 21
5. Lillehammer - 17
6. Stjernen- 16
7. Storhamar- 16
8. Vålerenga - 12
9. Manglerud Star - 5
10. Kongsvinger Knights - 1
To be precise, Vålerenga and Kongsvinger are on 10 matches so far, but for Vålerenga, their start of this season had been well below par. Unless they really turn things around and start scoring some goals Lørenskog and Sparta might be able to keep a healthy distance, and battle amongst themselves for the second place, which atm seems most likely. Stavanger Oilers had a sloppy start as well, but they have a well rounded team and the discipline to get on the right track. I’ll be surprised if they let that small lead slip now. But with the teams from 4-8th place, anything can happen.
1/8 final of the Champions Hockey league.
“The same two match-ups on Game Day 6 will decide the final standings in Group E, only this time the games will be played in Finland and Norway. Because these teams are so close together, there are a couple of potential three-way-tie scenarios. A three-point win by either Trinec or Tappara will be enough to earn first place, but beyond that things get a little fuzzy. Stavanger have a chance to win the group too, but they need a three-point win and hope for Tappara-Trinec to be decided in extra time for either team. Bern have no chance of advancing - the best that can happen for them is to win in regulation and have Trinec also win in regulation to force a three-way tie for second-place. However, eight points will not be enough to get a wild-card spot.” - Source
11 points weren’t enough for the Oilers. Cutoff was at 12 points.
Indeed. They ended up as the best wild-card team I think though? And surely this must improve how they are rated prior to next year’s go. Which hopefully has them meet lower rated opponents next year. That could make a big difference! I’m optimistic.
KREIDER KNOCKS THE PUCK TO NASH WHILE FALLING DOWN AND THEY HAVE THEIR FIRST GOAL OF THE NHL SEASON.
Patrick Thoresen has been outspoken about wanting to finish his career in his home club Storhamar Dragons, when that time comes. Now he has also convinced 5 of his colleagues to add their support to the club.
Storhamar are trying to raise funds to hire a new player this season, and Thoresen was quick to make sure he donated his share. Tony Mårtensson followed suit, and now four of SKA St.Petersburg’s Russian players have as well. Which perhaps isn’t as weird as it sounds. Storhamar’s current coach is none other than Aleksander Smirnov, who coached Severstal for several years, and gave a couple of those players their first chance in the KHL!
Kudos to them for supporting a Norwegian team!
Thoresen says: “I’d like to finish off in Storhamar at some point, and I’d like to win something there. It’s in my interest that they’re fighting in the top of the league, like they did last year.”
Storhamar veteran Pål Johnsen hints that he thinks the Thoresen family has a collective plan at work. That Patrick Thoresen will come home from Russia, and that his father Petter Thoresen comes home from Stavanger where he’s currently very successful as the coach of Stavanger Oilers!
Footage from Zuccarello’s hockey school, and All Star Game in Stavanger, Norway, this summer.