Friday and Kais Mora-Täby on the schedule. That was the thought and that’s how it ended. But before I came home I got to experience a terrible thing. After lunch time I was walking through Stockholm City on my way to a client meeting in the city. In the middle of the meeting a person rushed into the room and told us about the terror attach. Chaos erupted. On the streets tens of thousands of people rushed around, scared, sad, confused. Where were we going to go? How would we make it home? Stranded. It turned out okay for me and my people. Others didn’t have the same luck. My thoughts go to the affected.
Floorball is pretty meaningless on a day like this. But anyway, to tonight’s game which I still managed to see.
No surprises in Täby’s troop, but in Kais Mora’s. Malin Lundqvist didn’t come to start and Amanda Wall has been feeling poorly this week, she only played powerplay – and scored a goal. But the most notable was that Anna Wijk played defense, on Lundqvist’s spot next to Elin Reinestrand. And the Finnish Mira Wickman got the chance in the first chain with Tess Karlsson and Johanna Holmbom. Imagine if Täby’s tactic to point mark Anna Wijk went awry. Smart coach move by Roger Jonsson & Co!
Did Mora’s first chain get weakened by not having Anna Wijk as offensive as usual? Yes, but it went well either way. Mira Wickman is a great play divider, if still a bit from their highest level because of a injury that has kept her away from playing during almost all the series play. Unfair to compare Wickman with the world’s best floorball player, but the formation stood for three out of the four goals (the fourth in pp). 1+1 by Wickman, but the hottest was Johanna Holmbom who I think was the best on the field tonight. Fun to see Holmbom enjoy the playoffs games keeping in mind last year’s injury problems. I don’t think she played in the third period, maybe a safety measure?
Mora felt overall faster, stronger, more agile and with more energy than Täby. The home team took the commando from start and never let it go, despite massive pressure by Täby in the last period. Thanks to two mighty shots by Therese Andersson, the visiting team reduced twice, but they didn’t come closer than that. Täby’s Lars Jedheim coached frenetically, he let the first five with Louise Wickström, Jennifer Stålhult, Josefin Ulvhag, Moa Tschöp and Elin Gilbert rest in the third period. He probably wasn’t satisfied with their performances and I can agree with him – I expect a lot more of that formation. But at the end of the game he put together the super five Tschöp, Malin Eriksson, Stålhult, Wickström and Sara Attermo. They created pressure, but didn’t manage to score goals. The time ran away.
Fair victory for a heavier and more effective Kais Mora. Jedheim has some things to think about before the next clash. How will Täby stop Mora’s first five and most of all get some speed on their own?
On Thursday I saw IKSU-Pixbo on the web. Two things surprised me the most. No Jonas Eliasson in Pixbo’s booth. It ended up that he has ended up with some troubles with his flight and the next time Jonas is going to travel with the team. Can be the right thing. His energy was missing in Pixbo’s booth, the girls are used to that coaching. I don’t know how much it affected the performance of the team, but Pixbo were quickly losing with 3-0. Sad for Eliasson to miss the game.
Then the national team forward Sofia Joelsson was missing in IKSU’s three starting chains. Remarkable. However she hasn’t convinced in the quarterfinals and didn’t manage to score any points. In the third Alice Granstedt, Julia Nordin and Johanna Hultgren were placed. I think that that chain worked well, Joelsson also came in there in the end. Cornelia Fjellstedt and Frida Norström are used both as defenders and chain players, I think that Norström should play mostly center.
Otherwise Amanda Delgado Johansson was really good in the first semifinal. Except for three goals, she fought on throughout the game, created chances mostly all the time. If you compare the goalies, Malin Marklund outshone Sara Hjorting, which might have taken one or two balls that became goals. As usual in Pixbo the defenders played stable, Isabelle Krantz created the most in the front, also Stephanie Boberg.
The shots statistics was entirely even, still it felt like IKSU created more. IKSU’s 6-2 win is however a bit over the top, it was more even than what the numbers show. Pixbo had a really hard time scoring goals on their chances, a bit because of what I wrote about before the game. Who is going to score the goals? As it is now, the defenders are the most threatening. Good after all, but forwards need to start with the goal making. Alicia Fylke leads the internal points league with 6 points on 4 games. On the same points is Emelie Södergren with fewer scored goals.
In the playoff’s total points league the semifinal teams have this number of players among the 20 best:
IKSU – 5
Kais Mora – 4
Täby – 4
Pixbo – 3
Täby – 4
Pixbo – 3
The statistics might not say so much, in the series the comparison feels more relevant since all teams then meet each other an equal amount of times. In the playoffs some of the players have done a game or something more than the others. But anyway. If you look to the whole picture Pixbo have more players in the points league. Who will step forward in the next game? A must to win over IKSU.