Weekly roundup: Two important wins in overtime for IFK
IFK's first game of last week was against TPS in the first playoff round of the Champions Hockey League. The game ended up being a 1-1 tie, with both teams defending well in the defensive zone and the goaltending was also solid. Teemu Eronen scored the only goal for IFK in the first period, with Micke Åsten getting the assist. Kevin Lankinen was in the net for IFK and stopped 24 shots. The second game which will decide the winner will be played at the Helsinki Ice Hall on Tuesday night this week.
IFK played also two away games in the Liiga. The first one was played against JYP in Jyvaskyla on Friday. HIFK defeated JYP 3-2 in overtime. JYP took the lead first but Juuso Puustinen tied the game with his first goal of the season. IFK played well throughout the game and although JYP took the lead again, Corey Elkins tied the game with 80 seconds left in the third period. IFK's top scorer Juhamatti Aaltonen had the game-winning goal in overtime after gaining a lot of speed and taking a great shot.
IFK finished the week with a game against Kärpät in Oulu on Saturday. IFK had won the first game of the season against Kärpät 3-1 and took another win, this time 3-2 in overtime. Joonas Rask scored two goals in the first period. Kärpät also scored twice in the first period and after solid defensive zone coverage there was an overtime ahead. Defenseman Tommi Taimi scored on the power play with a heavy slap shot to give IFK the win. Aaltonen had two assists, while goalie Kevin Lankinen made 20 saves, including one excellent key save at the start of the third period.
After nine rounds of games, HIFK is fifth in the Liiga with 16 points. The league standings are available here.
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