Today the second leg of the Champions Hockey League semifinals were played and here are the results:
Luleå 3-2 Skellefteå (total 5-4)
After the first leg the score was 2-2 between the two Swedish teams before the decisive game in Luleå. In the first period the home team took the 1-0 lead after five minutes of play. A couple of minutes later the guests could score the equalizer making it 1-1. However, Luleå came back and could take the lead again. 2-1 before the second period. In the middle period Luleå came out as the stronger team in power play and scored 3-1. In the third period they controlled the game, but Skellefteå could reduce the lead to 3-2 in boxplay (!). However, Luleå could keep it tight and finish the game with a man advantage the last minute. They are in the Champions Hockey League final now!
Kärpät 3-2 Frölunda (total 5-6)
After the first leg the score was 4-2 in favor of Swedish Frölunda against Finnish Kärpät. In the return meeting the Finns took the command in power play in the first period: 1-0. Frölunda scored the equalizer, that too in power play and the score was tied after the first period. After a scoreless second period the home team put in a higher gear in the third period, making it both 2-1 and 3-1. The total score now was 5-5 and the game went to overtime. Five minutes in to the overtime period Frölundas Erik Gustavsson could decide the game in power play, making the total score 6-5 to the Swedes.
The final is played 3rd of February, we’re looking forward to crown the 2015 European Ice Hockey Champions!