Skellefteå bring home the extra point
Skellefteå celebrate their first of five goals on the night (Photo: Tom Hiller)
  • Just as in their first match a week ago, Skellefteå come out on top in the shootout and bring home the extra point
  • SC Bern's Calle Andersson scores 2, but misses crutial shootout penalty shot
  • Skellefteå's Albin Eriksson scores two goals, assists one and wins the game in the shootout
SC Bern's Gregory Sciaroni in front of the net
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Skellefteå goalie Gustaf Lindvall in action
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SC Bern coach Kari Jalonen overlooking the action
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Skellefteå players in the hallway leading to the ice
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SC Bern players celebrating a goal
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Skelleftea's Niclas Burstrom (#3) defending the puck
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Skellefteå players celebrating a goal
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Skelleftea's Jesper Froden (#28) being defended by SC Bern players in front of the net
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SC Bern goalie Niklas Schlegel cooling off
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The stakes were high as both teams battled for points in another intense and even game between SC Bern and Skellefteå AIK and just as in their first game a week ago, it ended up being Skellefteå who gained the hard-fought extra point in the shootout.

The game got off to a very quick start as both teams tested each other from the get-go, but it was Skellefteå who had the slight edge and were rewarded with the first goal of the game thanks to Albin Eriksson, but it only took Bern’s Alain Berger three minutes to tie the game back again. Despite Skellefteå’s powerplay for Mark Arcobello’s interference penalty, both teams exited the ice with the score tied 1-1.

Despite Bern gaining the lead by scoring first in the second period after, the next 10 minutes of the second period saw Skellefteå pick up the pace and Bern desperately try to keep in touching distance. Skellefteå’s two goals in 15 seconds suddenly gave them a goal advantage and thanks to Rickard Hugg, and they extended it to two with only three minutes of the second period remaining. With just half a minute remaining, Bern were able to lower it back down to one again to still keep their heads in the game.

Bern returned with a plan after the break and pushed to tie the game once again. Their long-sought-after equaliser came just seconds into a powerplay gained for Filip Berglund‘s hooking penalty after four minutes of playing time. Calle Andersson’s hard driven shot from the blue line sailed into the top right-hand corner of the net. Both teams pushed for the winning goal in the minutes leading up to the end of the final third, but no side was able to score so the game went to OT and subsequently a shootout. And just as in their season opener last season, it was Skellefteå who came out on top and won the game 5-4 thanks to Albin Eriksson’s sole shootout goal and goalie Gustaf Lindvall’s five superb saves.