Elitserien Playoff Game Night: 3-14-13
Elitserien Playoffs (Sweden)
Brynas 3 vs. Skelleftea 7
Skelleftea leads the series 2-0
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, -3, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 18-10-28, -9, 16 PIM
Brynas found itself down 5-0 early in the third period before it managed to notch a couple goals of its own but Skelleftea, the league's top team in the standings during regular season, responded in kind to complete its second-straight rout of the 8th-place seed. After being heavily outshot in the first game of the series, Brynas managed to finish the second match with a virtually balanced short-margin although that was due in large part to the lopsided after the midway point of the middle frame. Brynas has been outscored 12-3 in the series so far. Johan Harju, one of the key offensive pieces for Brynas, has yet to find the net, nor register an assist, after finishing the season as the club's leading goal-scorer and one of the top overall producers. After getting the start, former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist was pulled in favor of Robin Rahm after allowing 4 goals on 26 shots. Rahm didn't fare much better, surrendering 3 goals on 6 shots, but Holmqvist was still charged with the loss. Brynas heads back to Skelleftea's barn on Saturday to try and stave off a third-consecutive loss that would put the club's season on the brink in the best-of-seven series.