KalPa 3 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Ex-Blues 4th rounder Michal Bimer scored a tie breaking goal with less than 8 minutes to go in the Third Period to help KalPa sink HPK 3-2.
HPK 1 vs. Ilves 5
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Ouch. Ex-Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori had HPK's only goal as they were dismantled by Ilves 5-1. Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:14 in the match.
Lahti 4 vs. HPK 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen and HPK's comeback bid fell short in the shootout and the dropped their season opener to Lahti Pelicans 4-3. Salminen played 11:11 in the match and took a minor for slashing. HPK got a goal from former Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori. Pelicans were led by 2 goals from ex-Panthers second round Michal Repik, who also potted the shootout winner.
I finally had the chance to make it out to the Ice Sports Forum to catch up with some of the attendees and observe a good chunk of the 3v3 action. Following are some brief impressions and takeaways from my time at the rink: