Brynas 0 @ Frolunda 3
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-6-16, +4, 33 PIM
After jumping out to a 2-0 first period lead, Frolunda, a team bolstered by a mix of current and former NHLers (P.J. Axelsson, Fabian Brunnstrom, Christian Backman, Matt Duchene, Joel Lundqvist and Fredrik Sjostrom), held visiting Brynas at bay offensively to secure a shutout victory. Johan Harju played 19:26, the second-most minutes among forwards, for Brynas and former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist, who stopped twenty-one of twenty-three Frolunda shots, took the loss. On Tuesday, Brynas (11-9-3-6, 45 PTS) will hit the road again to take on third-place Skelleftea (16-9-2-2, 54 PTS).
Brynas 4 vs. Vaxjo 2
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Season totals: 28 GP, 10-6-16, +4, 33 PIM
Trailing by one after the first period, Brynas put up three goals in the second to muster its own one goal lead heading into the third where Calle Jarnkrok's power play strike would help the home squad close out Vaxjo. Both goalies in the match had Lightning connections: Johan Holmqvist, in net for Brynas, spent two seasons with Tampa Bay and Fredrik Norrena, who was signed in 2006 before weeks later being packaged with Fredrik Modin and shipped to Columbus as part of the now-infamous Marc Denis trade, took the loss for Vaxjo. Johan Harju registered an assist on the first goal of the match for Brynas but it was Sebastian Enterfeldt who did the hard work, delivering, as he spun along the endboards, a beautiful backhand feed into the high slot to locked-out Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson. Franson, allowed to drift unmarked into the soft spot in Vaxjo's defensive coverage, was able to one-time a snapshot past Norrena, who had little time to react coming off the post to square up in his crease. Former Lightning defenseman Noah Welch, now playing his second Elitserien season, had four penalty minutes for Vaxjo. Brynas (11-8-3-6, 45 PTS) next travels to face Frolunda (11-12-1-3, 38 PTS), which has lost its last three home games against Brynas, on Saturday.
Brynas 5 vs. Linkopings 0
Johan Harju, Brynas, 1-0-1, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 10-5-15, +3, 31 PIM
Former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist stopped all thirty-three shots he faced and Sebastian Enterfeldt scored twice to lead Brynas, which had lost its last five home games, to a decisive shutout victory over visiting Linkopings. As a result, the gap between the two clubs in the league's standings narrowed to just three points. Johan Harju's power play goal early in the third period bolstered the home club's lead to 3-0. On the play, Harju skated unmarked between two defenders to the edge of the crease as the puck was muscled into the opposing corner behind the net to Jonas Nordquist. There, with attention fully on him, Nordquist fed a crisp pass that found Harju's sticktape which, with a half-empty net to place the puck, made for an easy tap-in. Brynas (10-8-3-6, 42 PTS) hosts Vaxjo (6-12-6-3, 33 PTS), which has lost six-straight to Brynas, on Thursday.
Brynas 1 @ Lulea 8
Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, -1, 4 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 9-5-14, +2, 31 PIM
Linus Persson and Niklas Olausson totaled seven assists and eight different goal-scorers helped Lulea crush Brynas, which actually took the initial lead in the match. Ex-Bolt Johan Holmqvist relieved Robin Rahm, who finished with seventeen saves on twenty-one shots, in net for the visiting squad to start the third period but ended up allowing four goals as well and ended up with just 10 saves. Harju, like the rest of his club, had a quiet, forgettable night. Brynas (9-8-3-6, 39 PTS) hosts Linkopings (13-10-1-1, 42 PTS) on Tuesday.
Brynas 3 vs. Farjestads 4 (OT)
Johan Harju, Brynas, 1-0-1, -1, 4 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 9-5-14, +3, 31 PIM
Farjestads jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first period and led until Johan Harju scored near the midpoint of the third period to send the game to overtime. There, in the final minute, Marcus Paulsson tapped in a loose rebound after a blast from the right circle to win the game for Farjestads, which really came on strong with seven shots in the extra session. Brynas earned a point, but it was the club's fourth consecutive loss. Harju's goal was a thing of beauty; on the play, he took a pass to his backhand while moving behind the net and, with a defender leaning on his back, angled the puck on his forehand towards the top of the crease before stopping and spinning to his backhand suddenly, shedding the defender, and then leisurely lifting a backhander up and over down-and-out Farjestads netminder Alexander Salak and into the wide-open net. Brynas (9-7-3-6, 39 PTS) next travels to face Lulea (11-6-5-2, 45 PTS), which it has beaten each of the last five games Lulea has been the host, on Saturday.