SM-Liiga Game Night: 11-21-12
Ilves 3 @ Blues 4
Anders Lindback, Ilves, L, 4.09 GAA, 43/47 (.914 SV%)
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-4-1, 0 SO, 3.81 GAA, 181/204 (.887 SV%)
Anders Lindback followed up an impressive showing in a close loss to Assat on Friday night with a solid performance in yet another narrow defeat Wednesday night. After falling behind 3-1 in the first period, Ilves rallied, with goals from Matias Chord and Maxime Talbot, to send the game tied into the final frame but Niko Nieminen's second goal of the night with just over ten minutes remaining in the game proved ended up being the game-winner for the Blues, which ran the league's worst team ragged for the better part of the game. In so doing, the Blues kept Lindback busy with nearly 70 shot attempts, 47 of which made it on net, all the while limiting Ilves to 44 attempts and 23 actual shots on goal. Ilves (4-14-2-3, 19 points) has little time to dwell on this latest loss as they face TPS (4-10-5-4, 26 points), a team that has struggled almost as much as Ilves has so far this season, on Thursday.