SM-Liiga Game Night: 12-18-12
Ilves 2 @ SaiPa 3
Anders Lindback, Ilves, Did not play
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-6-3, 3 SO, 2.33 GAA, 412/443 (.930 SV%)
Down 2-0 in the third period, Ilves got within a goal with nearly ten minutes left in regulation but SaiPa's Olavi Vauhkonen scored a power-play goal in the last few minutes doomed the visiting squad against one of the league's top teams. Max Talbot scored with the net empty and six seconds left to make the final score appear closer. Ilves essentially lost the game on special teams, as SaiPa scored its first and third goals with the man advantage and the other while shorthanded. Ville Kolppanen, who hadn't seen any action since October 26, was in net for Ilves today as Anders Lindback, who had started every match since he joined the club, was injured during the morning practice and therefore didn't make the trip. Kolppanen filled in admirably for Lindback, who allowed just one goal en route to posting shutouts in three of the last four games Ilves played prior to the break, stopped thirty-six of SaiPa's thirty-nine shots on goal. Ilves (6-17-3-5, 29 points) will stay on the read to take on HPK (10-9-8-5, 51 points) on Thursday.