Weekly roundup: Two wins out of three games for IFK
IFK begun the last week with the fourth consecutive away game against Sport in Vaasa. IFK won the physical and energetic game 4-3 in overtime. IFK's goals were scored by Panu Mieho, Miro-Pekka Saarelainen, Jasse Ikonen and Robert Leino, who had the game-winning goal. Kevin Lankinen picked up the win with 41 saves.
The team got back to home ice on Thursday against Pelicans. Niklas Bäckström posted shutout for IFK after making 22 saves. The only goal of the game came from Miro Heiskanen, who received a great pass from Ikonen and scored with an accurate shot to the far side.
IFK's last game of the week was in Tampere against Tappara. The teams played an even battle and IFK put on a great effort, but Henrik Haapala scored the only goal of the game in the third period and Tappara came away with three points. Kevin Lankinen was back in the net for IFK and made 18 saves.
IFK also acquired new players last week, signing contracts with Mikael Johansson and Matt Generous for the rest of the season. Johansson has played ten seasons in the Swedish Hockey League and has won the Swedish championship three times. The 31-year-old center has 272 points in 451 SHL games. Generous already played for IFK since February 2014 until last season. The defenseman has appeared in 59 games for IFK and has also played for Lukko and Sport in Finland.
In addition to these to acquisitions, IFK loaned center forward Juhani Tamminen from RoKi, a team that competes at the second highest level in Finland (Mestis). Tamminen is the leading scorer in that league with 18 points. His loan will last until the 8th of November. Also, IFK and RoKi have begun co-operation which will allow for player transactions between the clubs if they are needed.