Ilves 1 vs. Assat 3
Anders Lindback , Ilves, L, 2.02 GAA, 31/33 (.939 SV%)
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-3-1, 0 SO, 3.75 GAA, 138/157 (.879 SV%)
Anders Lindback had his best game since his SM-Liiga debut a few weeks back but an empty-net goal in the final minute helped Assat edge past Ilves Friday night. Assat broke a scoreless tie in the second period when Michael Ryan scored twice in a three-minute span as the second period winding down. Kai Kantola helped Ilves make things somewhat interesting by scoring early in the third period but further offensive momentum proved difficult to generate. Ilves (league-worst 19 points) will have some extended time to prepare for their next game against the Espoo Blues (36 points) next Wednesday. Ilves won the last match between the two clubs, 4-3, earlier this month.