Posted by Sari
It is officially autumn as Hockey season has begun! Yesterday was our third game of the season and if one does not count the anemic second period it was entertaining. Or as entertaining as SM-league hockey nowdays can be, what with the new rules removing all contact from the game. Honestly, ringette is more physical nowdays than this...
Anyway, though KalPa might not be an accurate measure of IFK's form, but the game looked very promising. For a change foreign help is actually earning their keep. Murphy is a first class defender, Guolla an excellent play-maker, and Murray good both in the attack and defense. Guest-star Hrdina is also definitely an asset. Special props to Janne who, in my opinion, is better at directing rebunds to corners than he used to be. With Schnabel as the extra foreigner and Saarinen injured, the defense could have been stronger. Laakso was a pleasant surprise, though that might have been just the fact he was playing with Seppänen who as pretty unsure. As far as the offensive end goes, seven goals, all from different players (one of them first league goal for Jouhkimainen) speaks well of the material.
Summa summarum: lots of goals, shutout for Janne, cold beer and good atmosphere thanks to B2, what's not to like?