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Vålerenga ready for first NM final in ten years – beat reigning champion Stavanger Oilers 5-4 away

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Vålerenga is ready for the NM final in ice hockey. Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB

Of NTB | 12.04.2024 21:34:05

Sport: Vålerenga finally won the semi-final duel 4-3. In the final awaits Storhamar, who beat Frisk Asker 4-1 in their semi-final.

Storhamar has played in five straight NM finals, one of which has ended in victory. It came in 2018. Since then, the team has lost once to Frisk and twice to the Oilers, who have run away with the “bucket” in the last two years.

The last time Vålerenga was in the NM final was all the way back in 2014, and the Oilers won the title then as well. The Oslo club’s last NM triumph came in 2009 when they beat Sparta Sarpsborg in the final.

However, it was the Oilers who came out the best from the start in Friday’s game when Mathias Trettenes sent the hosts into the lead after just over 16 minutes.

Five minutes into the second period, André Bjelland doubled Strandborg Oiler’s lead, but the joy was short-lived when Stian Solberg reduced just 19 seconds later.

– We are not done paying tribute to the siddis until Solberg takes the puck into his own hands and does everything himself, commented Espen Ween on TV 2.

– Solberg goes through the slalom and is on a level with (Henrik) Kristoffersen when he gets in there, added Bjørn Erevik.

– It’s almost like you don’t believe what you see, Erevik exclaimed.

Despite having been very involved in turning the match for Vålerenga, Solberg did not get carried away by his magnificent goal.

– It’s always fun to score goals, but I was a bit lucky with how the puck bounced. I put it on target. A bit of luck and a bit of skill, thought Solberg.

It was an extremely exciting third period, where first Tristin Langan sent the teams level again, eight minutes into the period, before Daniel Bøen Rokseth sent Vålerenga into the lead again two minutes later.

With four minutes left on the clock, Ludvig Hoff equalized for the Oilers again, before Tommi Taimi secured the victory with 49 seconds left on the clock.

The teams then won every other game, before Vålerenga took their first victory in the play-offs in what is now the home hall of the Oilers. The Olje club still managed to secure a seventh and decisive match when they responded with a 5-3 victory at Jordal two days later.

Oilers and Vålerenga finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the basic victory. Admittedly, there was a difference of 17 points to the clear series champion Storhamar.

In the map final, Oilers made short work of Lillehammer when they took four straight victories, while Vålerenga won 4-1 over Stjernen.

The artificial scoring brought blood to the teeth for the Vålerenga players. Four minutes before the final break, Thomas Olsen equalised, before Solberg sent the visitors into the lead with his second score of the evening.

It has been an extremely exciting semi-final duel between the Oilers and Vålerenga. The Stavanger team won the first game at home, before Vålerenga secured a 1-1 draw in overtime at Jordal.

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