Weekly roundup: A week of three losses
IFK started last week with a CHL game against Linköping on Tuesday. The first game finished 1-1 and the winner would advance to the quarterfinals. IFK had many high quality scoring chances in the game; however, the finishing wasn't at the best level and goalie Marcus Högberg made 36 saves for Linköping, who won the second game 1-0. Kevin Lankinen was solid for IFK in net with 27 saves.
The first Liiga game after the CHL playoffs was against Ässät at home on Friday. IFK played solid hockey in the first period and led the game 2-1 with two goals from Lennart Petrell, the first one being a good shot and the second a deflection on Daniel Grillfors' shot. In the second period Valtteri Viljanen tied the game and Tommi Paakkolanvaara gave Ässät a 3-2 lead in the third period. Ässät eventually took three points with a 4-2 win.
The third game of the week was played on the following day against KalPa in Kuopio. KalPa defeated IFK 3-1, scoring three power play goals in the second period. Thomas Nykopp scored IFK's only goal late in the third period with assists from Roope Hintz and Mikael Johansson. IFK did create some more scoring chances but couldn't score more goals.
IFK is currently 10th in the league with 26 points through 18 games. Check out the league standings.
IFK will play two home games this week, on Tuesday against Ilves and on Friday against TPS.