Ilves *5-4 KalPa *JA

Our last SM-Liiga game of the season and it was against the team that finished top of the league and as the team finishing bottom of the league we were expecting a very hard game and that’s just what happened when after 2minutes KalPa score through Riekkinen and that was the only goal of the first period.

It got worse for Ilves when (just like vs TPS) another former player scoring against us when Ryan Glenn scored after 25minutes to make it 0-2.  But it was less than 30 seconds until Konsta Mäkinen pulled on back for the home side.  At 31:28 Sakari Salminen restored KalPa’s 2 goal lead.

It got really bad and we were 1-4 down when Laurila scored on the powerplay at the start of the 3rd period, that looked like it would be the goal that sealed the victory for the league table toppers.  Ilves pulled another goal back when Jesse Niinimäki (sointu) scored 2 minutes after, Henri Tuominen (Välimaa, Pellinen) got us another goal for us and we began to believe that we could still tie the game.

Toskala left the goal and we got the extra attacker on and with just 10 seconds left of the game we once again scored late late on when Jesse Niinimäki (Rask, Sointu) scored his second of the game to send it to over time.  It took only 45 seconds before Ville Korhonen (Kivimäki, Bäckström) got the winning goal and gave us 2 points and continued our Amazing run through March to the point where we have finished only 6 points behind HPK, but still 22 points behind 10th placed TPS.

The most important thing right now is that we are scoring a lot of goals and regularly, also our momentum and moral is as high as it’s been all season, I fully expect us to beat Vaasan Sport in the relegation play-offs which start in exactly one week.  Congratulations to Sport on a near perfect Mestis play-off campaign and Kiitos Ilves for a wonderful last month of hockey even if our season overall wasn’t a good one, games like the 8-7 season opener vs Tappara and the time when we came back from a big deficit to beat SaiPa in Lapeenranta are two of the main highlights for me.


Posted on March 16, 2012, in SM-Liiga 2011/12 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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