Ilves 1-2* HPK


The first official home game of the season opened against HPK once again, coming off the back of our opener against Tappara we were hoping to add to our three points that had us up to fourth in the table after the first round of fixtures.

It was 4:55 before HPK took the lead, Corso and Jere Sallinen were both in the penalty box at the time so there was a lot of space for some 4v4 hockey, HPK passed the puck around our defence well and we lost track of it as Robert Leino was unmarked and scored before Juha Järvenpää could realise what was happening, 1-0

HPK were all over us in the first period and Ilves used their time-out, probably a wise decision as it broke up the momentum and we were able to see out the first period without conceding any more.

HPK came out strong in the second and it’s amazing that they weren’t able to score, even having the puck roll along the top of the crossbar at one point.  Ilves were able to finally get into the game and tie things up, coming on a powerplay, Ilves setting up from the point firing in shots from the blue line, Sandell and Ruuttu both trying to squeeze the puck in passed Saros but it came out to the very impressive Daniel Corso for an easy finish, 1-1!

There were no further goals or major incidents in the third so it went to jatkoaika and it only took 31 seconds before Koivisto passed it across to Juha Kiilholma for the winning goal, Ilves didn’t look ready for it and HPK took full advantage in front of their away fans who made the relatively short journey on the Saturday to see their team pick up their first win.

Ilves go away with just a point, but if someone offered me 4 points from these 2 games last week, I’d have been delighted with it.  Next up for us is a trip to play JYP on Tuesday, it’s not getting any easier is it?

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Posted on September 15, 2013, in - SM-Liiga 2013/14 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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