My first blog since the International break, Tonight we play “away” to Tappara in the last derby game of the season, it is an absolute MUST win, if we are to stand any chance of finishing above 14th place. Tappara are 15 points ahead of us so a win tonight would still leave us needing 4 more wins to equal their points and even then they will probably still have a better goal difference, so this is probably going to be a match just for bragging rights and pride.

After this season is over I’ll blog about Finland and the World Championships where we will hopefully defend our title as the worlds Best!  Already excited for it and I’m sure a lot of the Ilves fans will be going the the games to support Team Finland.

It’s Tappara – Ilves games that are always my favourite to go to, although it is very weird being in Hakametsä and seeing the Tappara logo on the big screen and Ilves playing infront of us in white shirts, but 3 points feels always better when its in an away match, I’m not overly confident going by past form but we always raise our game against our city rivals, another 8-7 would be amazing but I’m predicting 2-5 Ilves win (if we play good) but if we have our heads down and minds on the off season already we will lose 2-0. Hopefully a full house tonight!

Also good luck to SaiPa, good bunch of fans who don’t see much Play-Off hockey I hope they can hang on to 10th place, the fans deserve it.


Posted on February 23, 2012, in SM-Liiga 2011/12 and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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