New Season: Ilves 1-7 Tappara & HPK 3-0 Ilves
I’ve not kept up to date with much SM-Liiga news over the summer and the Ilves.com forum has been closed down so I didn’t and still don’t know what to expect from this season really.
The opening game as ever is against Tappara, this time last year we beat them 8-7 in an amazing game, we also beat HPK the next night then too also ironically in a 3-0 scoreline. This time around though Tappara once again scored 7 goals, but we only managed to get 1 goal, coming in the final period from Michael Keränen (Kokkala, Kangasniemi).
I saw the Tappara team sheet pre-game and they do look very strong this year, solid defence too and the return of Ville Nieminen, so I knew it wasn’t going to be as easy as last year, both he and Barkov really hurt us getting 7 points between them.
As for the HPK game, well it was another disaster, we failed to score a goal, lost the game and stayed bottom of the SM-Liiga, also before the season started I saw on the Ilves website that the away support fani-matka was cancelled because of lack of interest, the tour needed 35 fans minimum to go and I think it’s really bad that for the first away game of the season just an hour or two down away on a saturday afternoon we can’t even get 35 people who would like to see us play, there’s been too many away days cancelled in recent years, but I guess results on the ice draw more demand and we didn’t get that last season.
But on a positive, we won our first 2 games of last season BUT then failed to win again for the next 9 straight games before a home 4-2 win over Lukko on 22nd of October.
Our next two games are both home games and I really do hope that fans go and back the team for these, Tuesday vs Pelicans and then again Thursday night vs KalPa. Two very hard games but hopefully we’ll get our first points of the season this week! Even in defeat I can’t explain how jealous I am of anyone who gets to go and watch a game, I’d love to be in Hakametsä again soon, no place beats it!
And incase anyone even slightly ilves.com related reads this, please re-open up the ilves forum on the official site as it gives fans a place to go and also foreign fans a chance to read things and keep up to date!
Posted on September 16, 2012, in SM-Liiga 2012/13 and tagged 0-3, 1-7, 3-0, 7-1, barkov, Finland, hakametsä, Hockey, HPK, Ilves, jääkiekko, KalPa, keränen, liiga, Nieminen, Raipe, SM-Liiga, smliiga, sport, Suomi, Tampere, Tampereen, Tappara. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.