What a comeback!
Brynas IF fell down two games to one to Frolunda, then three games to two after being shutout 4-0, but stormed back 6-0 in game six to force a winner-take-all game seven. Both Oskar Lindblom and Felix Sandstrom played huge roles in game six, and they continued that in game seven.
Brynas defeated Frolunda 3-1 in game seven of the semi-finals to advance to the finals where HV71 is waiting after taking care of the Malmo Redhawks in five games.
Both Flyers prospects were among the three stars in the game. Oskar Lindblom had the primary assist on the opening goal and then scored the other two, and Felix Sandstrom stopped 37 of 38 shots for the win.
Lindblom got it going in the opening minute. He took the puck out of the corner and powered to the net where his shot rebounded to Juuso Ikonen who was waiting to put it home just 56 seconds into the contest.
But Lindblom was just getting started.
11 minutes later he found himself in a similar position to Ikonen.
Lindblom won the puck battle behind the net and then camped out in front of the net to screen the goalie and collect any deflections or rebounds.
He positioned himself beautifully to put Brynas up 2-0.
Brynas took the 2-0 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes of play.
Meanwhile, Felix Sandstrom was standing on his head.
He made two big saves on the penalty kill.
Unfortunately he couldn’t stop them all though. A puck bounced in off his own defenseman, something Flyers fans are all too familiar with.
But he was right back at it later as he made a big stop in front.
Lindblom nearly got his second assist of the night as his shot rebounded to a crashing forward, but it wasn’t meant to be.
The score was 2-1 after 40 minutes, and Brynas had to just hang on for 20 more and they were in the championship series.
Lindblom picked up where he left off early in the third period. After a rush up ice he positioned himself in the slot to receive a pass and then fired a shot on net, and past the netminder.
Lindblom scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-1 just 56 seconds into the third period!
Look at that Swede celly.
It was a nerve-wracking final 20 minutes, but that goal gave Brynas some breathing room.
Brynas won by the final score of 3-1, with Lindblom picking primary points on all three goals (one assist, two goals). He was all over the ice in his 15:53 of ice time, he was credited with four shots on goal and could’ve easily had another point or two. He was great in the defensive end as well. Lindblom now has 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) and is a plus-8 through 13 playoff games.
Sandstrom won all four games for Brynas in the series in six of seven starts. He made 189 saves on 209 shots (.904 SV%). He came up clutch in game six and seven, stopping 69 of the 70 shots (.986 SV%) he faced.
Both Lindblom and Sandstrom could be coming to North America to play for the Phantoms as soon as this spring, but for now they’ll stay in Sweden as they advance to the championship round!
Lindblom joined the Phantoms at the end of last season and could still do so if the Phantoms are alive in the playoffs once the championship series ends. Sandstrom’s future is much more up in the air as he could play another year in the SHL or split time in the AHL with another young goalie next season.
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