Tampere game was really crazy as you can expect from the result. Ilves led by four goals twice (1-5, 4-8), and Tappara wasn't quite far from tying it at the end.
First hat trick of the season by Jaakko Pellinen (Ilves). He scored only 2 goals last season and 4 before that. Funny thing that he got first-line spot as its regular Masi Marjamäki was serving suspension due to incident from last season.
Assat beats Blues 3-1! Not a bad start so far it seems.
What are your thoughts on the season so far my fellow Assat maniacs?
Is Jyrkkio hurt or just benched for bad performance?
Is Santavuori demoted to the 3rd line because of his play, or just to try to mix up the line chemistry?
Powerplay is needing Caldwell and even Malkamäki so bad. It is just brutally crappy. The biggest questionmark, the goaltending has been the best part of the team (has given us a chance to win), defence has been ok (Kudroc's skating has improved, second in the league in average icetime with 26:13 and no penalties in 4 games) and offence has been pretty bad (a bunch of keyplayers struggling, Mika Niemi looking good though). Getting better slowly, but surely by the game.
Was benched the one game likely just because we just needed more muscle over there. Jyrkkiö has been just fine and in the line-up today again.