Viggo Fors and Olle Andersson lead to gold medal at Folke Lindström Cup
2008-born teams in Sweden got the year-end fireworks started a little early by taking part in the Folke Lindström Cup last week. Hosted by No. 9 Swedish-ranked Malmö Redhawks, ten programs in total were split into two groups for preliminary-round action.
Group A consisted of No. 7 Djurgårdens IF, No. 5 Boo Hockey, Flemingsbergs IK, Limhamn Hockey and the Redhawks. Group B housed the Växjö Lakers, No. 6 Mälarö Hockey, HC Olomouc, Frisk Asker, and Rögle BK.
But it was Boo emerging victorious as the gold medal winners, aided largely by the offensive output provided by Viggo Fors and Olle Andersson.
Fors kickstarted Boo’s run by potting the team’s first two goals of the tournament. It led to an eventual 4-1 win in their first game against Djurgårdens. Andersson also garnered his first points of the Cup by tallying two assists. Following that win, Boo was unsuccessful in their next two attempts at a victory. They would end group play with back-to-back ties against Flemingsbergs and Malmö.
Needing a spark to get back in the win column, Fors (2G, 2A) and Andersson (1G, 1A) stepped up with multi-point performances in a 7-1 triumph over Limhamn. They would collect wins in their next two outings, setting the stage for a meeting against Mälarö for the gold.
Mälarö jumped out to an early lead just 12 seconds into the contest off of Patrick Kleffner’s tournament-leading ninth goal and 14th point. Their lead would then double around eight minutes into the second period. Sensing time slipping away, Fabian Spjuth got Boo on the board with his second goal of the tournament.. Close to three minutes later, Hugo Mikaelsson would knot things up off a fantastic feed from Lukas Svensson. With both sides trading chances to end regulation, the winner could not be found.
After trading chances back and forth to end regulation, both sides would have to dig deeper in a winner-take-all overtime. Ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in the country, it was only fitting that the two needed overtime to settle their differences. Just 31 seconds into the extra frame, though, Fors found the back of the net for the gold-medal winning tally.
In total, Fors (5G, 4A) and Andersson (3G, 6A) would finish leading Boo in points and tied for second with two other skaters for total points across the entire field. Statistically, the top goalie of the weekend also wore Boo’s uniform. Leon Andersson picked up where he left off in group play, leading all goaltenders with a .930 save percentage. He also collected two shutouts as well.
Boo would end their run at 5-0-2, with Malmö (3-2-1) securing silver and Växjö (4-1-1) receiving bronze.