Glimmer of Hope as HIFK wins over HPK 4-2
Editor's note: Antti Kivinen has joined Hockey Shopped as our foreign correspondent based in Finland
A glimmer of light for HIFK during dark times. Perreault & Perrault dominate on power play. HIFK wins HPK 4-2
Both teams started the game nervously. It seemed that HIFK was holding the puck more in the first, but few bad mistakes in the defending zone resulted in better early scoring opportunities for HPK. However at 14:19, Arttu Luttinen forwarded the puck in front of HPK's net. It was first the defence man Toni Söderholm, (team captain for tonight) who shot the puck from mid air towards the goal but the puck dropped behind the goalie where Matty was waiting. He had an easy task to put the puck in the empty net. After the goal HIFK nervousness was evident. At 17:09 poor pass on the neutral zone resulted in HPK counter attack with the 2-on-1 and the game was tied.
Matty's performance tonight
This was the second full game I saw him play. It seems, that his skating is still in a bit of an offseason shape, but his skill with the puck and clever movement compensates his out of form skating. The 5-on-5 game with his lines men Markus Granlund and Eero Somervuori is improving, but to get better results it requires that both Markus and Eero are on top of their game in the coming games. On the other hand the Perrault-Perreault combination on power play seems to be working in full effect. Tonight Matty had TOI of 14:39 with 1 goal and 2 assists, shooting total of four shots.
For HIFK there is little to celebrate after tonight, as the team is to face Ilves (Lynx/Bobcat in english) at Tampere in less than 24 hours. This might also be too little too late for the head coach Pasi Sormunen as the speculations of his replacement intensify.
More photos from the match over at jatkoaika.com