SM gold for Skellefteå AIK after dominant win

Skellefteå AIK came out firing on all cylinders and never relinquished control against Rögle BK. In the second period, Andreas Johnson capitalized on a power play with the game's first goal, before a late goal from Max Lindholm propelled AIK to their fourth SM gold championship title.

Skellefteå's Pär Lindholm celebrates the win.

Skellefteå's Pär Lindholm celebrates the win.

Foto: Ola Westerberg

Ishockey2024-04-29 22:29

A vibrant tifo display on the Western Stand set the tone for the evening, declaring it time to "put the final puzzle piece in place" following the successes of Skellefteå AIK's women's and J20 teams. The home team responded emphatically, taking the ice with a high-energy performance in front of a raucous and fully engaged crowd.

Andreas Johnson scored the first goal of the match when he found the net in a power play.

From the opening puck drop, AIK asserted their dominance. With just over six minutes remaining in the first period, Jonathan Johnson had a golden opportunity from close range, but his shot caromed wide of the net. Undeterred, the home team continued to press, generating several high-quality scoring chances throughout the period.

The relentless pressure translated into results in the second period. At the 7:15 mark, Rögle's Lian Bichsel received the game's first penalty for holding. AIK capitalized on the power play opportunity. Andreas Johnson broke free in the offensive zone and unleashed a pinpoint shot that found the top corner of the net, leaving Rögle goaltender Christoffer Rifalk powerless. AIK maintained control throughout the remainder of the period, outplaying Rögle in most facets of the game.

Skellefteå's players celebrating their SM-guld.

The complexion of the game shifted early in the third period. Rögle's Dennis Everberg received a match penalty for a cross-check on AIK defenseman Måns Forsfjäll, who was forced to leave the game due to injury. After video review, the penalty was reduced to a two-minute minor penalty.

Skellefteå's winning coach Robert Ohlsson.

Rögle mounted a late push with seven minutes remaining in the third period, but AIK's determined defense held firm, limiting them to a handful of half-chances. 

The final dagger came with less than a minute remaining. Max Lindholm skated the length of the ice and deposited the puck into the empty net, sealing a dominant 2-0 victory for Skellefteå AIK and their fourth SM gold title.


Skellefteå AIK–Rögle BK 2–0 (0–0, 1–0, 1–0)

Goals: 1–0 (29.08) Andreas Johnson (Nilsson, Lindström) five against four, 2–0 (59.07) Max Lindholm.

Shots on goal: (31-10) 

Penalty minutes: 4–12 (0–0, 2–6, 2–6).

Referees: Mikael Nord, Linus Öhlund.

Attendance: 5 801 sell-out