HPK 2 - 6 Ässät
Jokerit 3 - 4 HIFK
KalPa 5 - 2 Lukko
Three more games tonight, and we’ll start in Helsinki where a full house in the Hartwall Arena saw Janne Pesonen get an assist on his debut for HIFK. However, it was the brothers from Oulunsalo that made the headlines, scoring three of their team’s four goals between them. Elder brother Mikael got two, the first after just 12 seconds of the game, and the younger Markus got one. The surname’s Granlund, in case you’re wondering, and the net result was Jokerit’s first home defeat of the season. Seven goals in Helsinki and seven goals too in Kuopio. KalPa continued their winning ways with a comfortable win over Lukko, a team that’s stuttering a bit at the moment. An evening of lots of goals is rounded off in Hämeenlinna, where Kerho and Ässät share eight of them. Not too evenly unfortunately from my perspective as Kerho get yet another thumping, in which Tuomas Santavuori collected a hat trick for the visitors.
Jokerit’s defeat means that Pelicans stay top, but their lead is trimmed to two points over KalPa, who jump up a couple of places. Jokerit slip to third, and are joined on 22 points by Ässät, who squeeze Kärpät out of fourth place. Lukko remain sixth, but are now five points adrift of the team above them. HIFK’s win takes them over TPS into eighth place, and a terrible season for HPK continues with them propping up the rest of the league.