After a stunning 8-1 blowout win against HJ Hockey Jönköping, the university ice hockey team LTH Griparna is in a promising position to win the league, three weeks ahead of their season finale.
After an early goal in the second minute for the home team LTH, the visiting team from Jönköping seemed to slowly gain the upper hand in the match. The Griparna’s goalie was the one who kept his team in the game during these first twenty minutes. Just a second before the first period was over, however, Jönköping managed to get the puck behind the goal line to tie the score at 1-1.
The disappointing first period of the game, which was marked by three 2-minute penalties for LTH, was soon forgotten as the Griparna came out of the break revived, playing dynamic, fast ice hockey. In a matter of five minutes, Lund put up three goals to soar away 4-1. Despite numerous opportunities to use power play to their advantage, HJ never managed to challenge the Griparna’s dominance. The home team was in total control during the second period and looked strong coming into the final part of the game.
Tied for first place
LTH team captain Adam Eidenvall said after the game that he is “obviously very satisfied” with the team’s performance. They are now tied for first place and could go on to win the season. Scoring many goals was particularly important as the championship could eventually be decided by the scoring rates.
Asked about the slow first period, Eidenvall conceded that his team created “too many penalties”; nine in the entire game. The team addressed this in the locker during the break and rallied to come out in the second period, making an effort to “play simple” and try to stay out of the penalty box.
In spite of another three 2-minute penalties in the third period, Lund managed to score an impressive four goals in a 6-minute span to push their lead to a remarkable 8-1 against a tired looking Jönköping team.
Two games left
In two weeks, LTH travels to Jönköping for their last away game of the season, trying to put themselves in a position to win the championship. A week later they will be back on home ice, facing KTH Hockey from Stockholm, whom they recently beat in an historic upset. With two games left on the schedule, soaring above the other teams seems a real possibility for the Griparna.
Text: Katherina Riesner
Photo: Lukas J. Herbers