by Lisa McRitchie on 08/01/11 at 03:23 PM ET
On Saturday July 30th, the Swedish Elite team Timrå had a farewell match for Edmonton Oilers prospect Anton Lander and Vancouver Canuck’s prospect Sebastian Erixon. As mentioned previously, these sorts of games are not uncommon in European sports, but are an excellent opportunity to learn more about your team’s prospects and just how beloved they are by their countrymen.
Once again with thanks to Yngve Elverhøi of Finland, we have a translation of the game and its results.
The return of Henrik Zetterberg for such a match speaks to his love for his country, and perhaps even the ties he feels to the other players and his old team. This loyalty may go a long way even with Anton Lander and Magnus Pääjärvi, ex-teammates, soon to be reunited. At the draft, Oscar Klefbom was extremely excited at the prospect of playing for a team with so many fellow Swedes.
As Oilers’ fans, some of us have that uncanny ability to get a little ahead of ourselves; I may in fact lead the pack in this regard. When I think of a close knit group of players, I think about winning. I don’t even want to tell you what I picture after winning. Not yet.
The cheer for the upcoming, present and former NHL stars filled Eon Arena. Team Lander/Erixon won the farewell match against Timrå by a score of 5-3.
“I’m lucky its two months until I have to be match fit” says Henrik Zetterberg laughing.
Anton Lander and Sebastian Erixon can leave Timrå IK with their honor intact. The game unfolded exactly like they had imagined - a hockey celebration with a cheering crowd, stars on the ice and a final victory. Besides the NHL players to be, it was the bearded player wearing number 20 that got the fans’ hearts beating extra quickly. “It really felt great being back with Timrå and playing for this crowd. It’s not often I get that chance” says Henrik Zetterberg modestly.
After seven minutes of play Team Lander/Erixon opened the scoring through Jonathan Hedström’s goal which was assisted by Zetterberg. Timrå responded through Johan “Bagarn” Andersson’s equalizer before the first period ended. In the second period TIK opened the gap to 3-1 through two quick goals by Per Hallin and Timo Pärssinen, but Team Lander/Erixon came back and the score was 3-3 before the last period.
“The club has a special place in my heart” Zetterberg explains before continuing: “I don’t think the coaches were particularly pleased with the play” he says and laughs.
In the last second of the third period Anton Lander sealed the win after the Timrå coach had pulled the goalie. “Lander and I are similar players, he is a good two-way player. I know both of them will do well”. To strengthen Team Lander/Erixon both their brothers, Filip Lander and Christoffer Erixon, were in the lineup.
- Who was the player of the game?
“Jonte Hedström. It was really fun playing with him again, and he scored a few points. The highlight of the night was Christoffer Erixon’s goal” says Zetterberg.
Timrå IK-Team Lander/Erixon 5-3 (2-2, 3-3, 0-2).
Goal Scorers: 1-0 Jonathan Hedström (Henrik Zetterberg), 1-1 Johan “Bagarn” Andersson (Ilkka Pikkarainen, Mat Robinson), 1-2 Per Hallin, 1-3 Timo Pärssinen (Yared Hagos), 2-3 Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson, 3-3 Robin Gilliusson (Jonathan Hedström, Henrik Zetterberg), 4-3 Christopher Erixon, 5-3 Anton Lander (19:59).
Shots: 30-30 (9-7, 11-14, 10-7).
Referee: Fredrik Nilsson.
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