Brynas 1 @ Linkopings 3
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 16-8-24, +1, 14 PIM
Brynas fell behind by two during a ten minute stretch in the first period, and three early in the third period to Linkopings, which scored all three of its goals on the power play en route to handing the visitors their third-straight defeat and seventh loss in their last eight matches. Ryan Gunderson scored the lone goal for Brynas early in the third period to prevent the shutout bid. Brynas (15-16-5-8, 63 PTS) heads home to regroup before taking on AIK (11-21-4-7, 43 PTS), a club that has struggled plenty this season but to whom Brynas has lost each of the last three games it has hosted between the two teams, on Tuesday.
Brynas 2 vs. Frolunda 5
Johan Harju, Brynas, 1-0-1, -2, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 16-8-24, +1, 14 PIM
Brynas was able to keep the game close until midway through the second period when Frolunda's Sebastian Collberg, selected in the 2nd round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, scored to send the home squad to its third two-goal deficit of the match, one from which it never recovered. Johan Harju added to his team-leading goal total with a power play marker late in the first period that brought the score to 2-1. Former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist took the loss, surrendering all five goals on thirty-five shots. Brynas (15-15-5-8, 63 PTS) next travels to face Linkoping (22-14-2-4, 74 PTS) on Saturday.
Brynas 3 @ Timra 2
Johan Harju, Brynas, 1-0-1, E, 7 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-8-23, +5, 14 PIM
Johan Harju scored and Brynas ended its four-game losing streak Friday night with a victory over much-maligned Timra but not before squandering a two-goal lead it held heading into the third period and needing a timely goal from rearguard Christian Djoos with roughly ten minutes remaining in regulation to close out their hosts. Former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist earned the win, stopping all but two of nineteen shots in the contest. Harju's goal, which came early in the second period and extended his club's lead to two, was an even-strength tally and the byproduct of a wrister floated in from the point by teammate Ryan Gunderson. On the play, the puck pinballed, coming out of midair right to the immediate vicinity of Harju who was cutting across the front of the crease. Harju, who managed a game-high seven shots on goal, was able to, as he spun into better position, get a backhander on net that generated a rebound which he then whacked out of mid-air and into the back of the net. Brynas (15-14-5-7, 62 PTS) now returns home to play host to Frolunda (16-16-5-4, 62 PTS) next Tuesday.
Brynas 3 @ Rogle 5
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-8-22, +5, 14 PIM
Brynas, particularly twice in the third period, whittled down three two-goal deficits but could not score an equalizer as Rogle held on Wednesday night to hand the visiting squad it's fourth-straight loss and extend its recent plunge in the standings. Former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist allowed four goals on twenty-seven shot and took the loss. Johan Harju is now pointless in his last four matches. Brynas (14-14-5-7, 59 PTS) continues its current road trip with a tilt against Timra (7-23-2-2, 37 PTS), a club that is just a point out of the basement in the league standings and which it has beaten in each of the last five matches between the two teams, on Friday.
Brynas 1 @ MODO 3
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 11-7-18, +6, 37 PIM
With a goal and an assist, former Lightning forward Mattias Ritola helped MODO, which took a 3-0 lead into the third period, defeat visiting Brynas. Ex-Bolt netminder suffered the loss while turning thirty of thirty-three shots aside. Brynas (14-12-5-7, 59 PTS) returns home for its next match against Skelleftea (23-11-2-2, 75 PTS), the league leader in the standings, on Saturday.