Weekly roundup: Matti Hagman passed away
Last week was tough for IFK. Matti Hagman died on Tuesday night at the age of 61. Hagman is an essential part of IFK's club history. Hagman was the captain of IFK for many years and he played 469 games for the team, scoring 700 points. He also played 47 playoffs games. His number 20 has been retired by IFK and he was inducted to the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.
Hagman won the Finnish championship three times (1974, 1980 ja 1983) and he was the leading scorer in the league on four occasions. Hagman played in the NHL for Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers and in the WHA for Quebec Nordiques. He also played for EV Landshut in Germany and two seasons for Hockey Reipas in Finland.
IFK honored Hagman's memory with a moment of silence before Thursday's game against SaiPa (1-3).
After a 1-1 tie in Turku, IFK and TPS played their second Champions Hockey League playoffs game on Tuesday. HIFK won the game 5-4 in shooutout in what was a very even battle between the teams.
TPS took the lead first, but Jasse Ikonen and Corey Elkins scored to give IFK a 2-1 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. TPS was able to score twice in the second period and gain the lead; however, Micke Åsten scored an important goal to tie the game.
With six minutes left in the third period, Teemu Eronen scored with a slap shot off the post and into the net to make it 4-3 for IFK. However, TPS tied the game on the last minute and thus there was an overtime ahead. IFK had the better chances but neither team was able to score in the overtime. IFK took the win in shootout with goals from Juuso Puustinen and Corey Elkins. IFK is in the TOP 16 of Champions Hockey League and will play next against Linköping HC.
On Friday, IFK played in the Liiga against TPS in Turku. IFK won the game 2-1. Robert Leino scored on a rebound in the first period and Jasse Ikonen extended the lead in the second period. TPS scored at the end of the second period, but IFK defended really well and goalie Niklas Bäckström was impressive by making 26 saves in the game.
Defenseman Miro Karjalainen signed an AHL contract with the Texas Stars last week. Karjalainen was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round of 2014 NHL Draft. He played four games for IFK this season and scored his first Liiga goal against KalPa. We wish Miro good luck for his new challenge.