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Skellefteå vs Linköping Series: Skellefteå lead 3-1

Written By Emile on Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 6:12 AM

In an epic battle between Skellefteå and Linköping with all four games in this series ending at 2-2 after regular time, it has been Oscar Lindberg who has become the Norrland club’s sudden death hero, burying the puck in Linköping’s net in both games three and four in overtime to give his team a commanding lead in the series 3-1.


Skellefteå came firing out of the blocks in game three dominating the shots 22-5 in the first period, although Linköping’s goaltender Christian Engstrand was flawless with a shutout after the first 20 minutes. The Östergötland club took the second period 2-1 but Skellefteå continued to be patient, as they have been all series, finding the game tying goal mid-way through the third period off the stick of Petter Emanualsson. Oscar Lindberg then charged in on a loose puck 3min 27 sec into overtime to score his first sudden death goal of the series.

It was a much stronger and aggressive Linköping team who skated out in front of their home crowd inside the Cloetta Center in game number four. The White Lions held Skellefteå deep inside their own zone for longer periods of the match, some strong fore-checking and puck control allowed them to dictate much more of the game than their previous passive play. It was Skellefteå though who took the lead 2-0 after the second period, but Linköping fought back in the third to once again take the match into overtime at 2-2. Linköping’s joy was short lived as Oscar Lindberg accounted for his second straight sudden death goal in two matches to once again be the hero for his team.

-It feels good, I feel strong and quick, it is a good feeling inside the team also. It doesn’t matter who scores the goals as long as we are where we are, explained hero Lindberg after the match.

The game four win now puts Linköping under pressure as they head up to Northern Sweden to once again attempt to beat Skellefteå in Kraft Arena to stay alive.

-We must never give up, just get new courage and move on. We know that we have the capacity, we have shown this in these matches, says Linköping Coach Roger Melin to broadcasting Kanal 5.

The series is now Skellefteå’s for the taking with the opportunity to close out the semi-final on home ice. Linköping showed in game four that they have the ability to take more control of the match and are expected to come out all guns blazing in a do or die match for them on Friday.


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