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Silfverberg leads Brynas charge to Swedish semis

Senators forward prospect continuing to pile up points in Elitserien playoff action

Monday, 26.03.2012 / 5:07 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Silfverberg leads Brynas charge to Swedish semis
Jakob Silfverberg continues to carry the hot hand for his team in the Swedish Elite League playoffs.

On the strength of the Ottawa Senators forward prospect's nine points, Brynas IF has advanced to the Elitserien semifinal round after ousting Frolunda HC in six games in the first round of the playoffs. Heading into the semis, Silfverberg leads all players in goals (5) and points.

The 21-year-old native of Gavle ended the quarter-final set with Frolunda in dramatic fashion, scoring the game-winner at the 4:23 mark of overtime as Brynas edged Frolunda 4-3 at the Scandinavium in Goteborg. It was Silfverberg's second goal of the series-deciding contest.

Earlier in the series, Silfverberg scored twice and set up the OT winner as Brynas took Game 3 by the same 4-3 count, this one played at Lakerol Arena, Brynas' home rink in Gavle. His post-season scoring is just an extension of a campaign that saw Silfverberg finish second in Elitserien scoring during the regular season (24-30-54) and earn the 'Golden Helmet' award as the SEL's most valuable player, an honour determined by a vote of league players.

Brynas is now seeking its first Swedish championship since 1999 and sixth overall since league play began in 1975-76. However, Brynas faces an early uphill climb in the semifinals after falling to defending champ Farjestads BK 3-2 in double overtime in the series opener today in Gavle.

Game 2 of the series is Wednesday at the Lofbergs Lila Arena in Karlstad. A year ago, Farjestads ousted Brynas in five games in the quarter-finals en route to the Swedish crown.

In the SEL's other semifinal, Stockholm's AIK dumped Skelleftea 4-1 in their series opener.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06