Täby Oldtimers woke up on the winning side
10 feb, 17:46 2 kommentarer
The Täby Oldtimers - Kista Oldtimers matchup has been touted as a potential final in the Stockholm Oldtimers 2nd division 35+ series. It lived up to the hype on Tuesday Feb 05 night in Kista, a rough Stockholm suburb. Täby Oldtimers woke up on the winning side with a 2-6 win.
Täby started the game great. Holding Kista Oldtimers without a shot on goal for almost 10 full minutes after the puck had dropped, Täby finished the first 20 minutes with an 10-5 advantage in that category, and a 0-4 lead.
Täby Oldtimers were able to build momentum on their way to a victory. That’s a big deal against a Kista team who have won several games the last few years.
Magnus Wadenvik scored the first goal for Täby Oldtimers, and also had one assist. Thomas Sandberg made a big impression and scored twice (or was it three goals?) plus one assist for Täby. Terry Isaacson (M.Wadenvik), flown in straight from Minnesota for this single game, and Lars Furugren (J. Ekmark) scored one goal each. It is unclear who did Täby’s 0-5 goal; was it Simon Myrbäck or was it Thomas Sandberg (did he really score three goals?), or was it someone else?
Täby’s goaltender Bengt Jansson stood on his head through the first 30 minutes and kept his team alive. In the first period alone Jansson made 5 saves after his teammates committed several turnovers and lost 60 per cent of the faceoffs. And in the second he held the fort all the way up until Kista found the net with less than 9 minutes left of the game. Bengt even had one assist.
Täby Oldtimers were dominating in terms of goals and had a 0-5 lead in the middle of the final period. In terms of playing the game, stats were not in advantage to Täby and Kista put up a good game with skilled saucer passes and a lot of puck possession. Luckily for Täby, tracking passing is labour-intensive for humans because it happens so frequently within each game, so no one bothered to count. And Sportlogiq’s computer vision technology wasn’t yet installed in the arena.
Kista responded and got two goals within 3 minutes mid second period. But Täby’s Thomas ”The Catapult” Sandberg ended with a coast-to-coast, one-handed, beckhand goal in epic fashion, soloing from Täby’s goal across the ice and finally breaking in between the two unhappy Kista defencemen. He scored the final goal to give Täby a 6-2 victory. Simon ”The Ant” Myrbäck said ”I could see it in Tomas’ face that he had decided to score. And I thought to myself - Watch out Kista players, here comes Johnny...”.
Täby Oldtimers still can’t solve their power-play woes, but wins against Kista Oldtimers anyway.
“Winning 6-2 in this barn is tough,” defenseman Jensen Massop said after the game. “That was big.”
Victories are nice, and Täby Oldtimers coach Mattias Hyll prefers them to the alternative. But after he put Täby through their fifth practice of the week, Hyll had only partial praise for his team.
“It’s hard to assess in a short-term span” he said when asked if players are complying with his demand for a tighter defensive game and more puck possession.
“We have to have the puck more” he said. “Part of being hard to play against is possessing the puck and putting teams on their heels and challenging them to have to defend us.”
Will Täby Oldtimers win the Series 2019…?
(Unfortunately there are no videos from this game due to problems with the recorder...)