Saturday was the day for Finland’s Eerikkilä Super Cup where last season’s F-liiga champions took on Finnish Cup winners. It was PSS women and SPV men who came up victorious after remarkable comebacks against FBC Loisto and Classic.
In the women’s came, junior-filled FBC Loisto had a lightning start with a 2-0 lead in just four minutes but that was all the goals they would have. PSS’ first unit scored then four out of which three on power plays with Swiss Celine Stettler getting the first one followed by one by Fanny Holmberg and a double by Ella Sundström. Sundström’s 4-2 setting the final score was one into an empty net with Loisto having one player on the penalty bench and stubbornly playing without goalie even with PSS attacking.
In the men’s game, Classic seemed to be sailing to a soft victory with a 3-0 lead after the first period goals being scored by Janne Lamminen, Mikko Leikkanen and U19 supertalent Alpo Laitila. After SPV’s Jari Hankkio missing a penalty shot but reducing the score twice, Sami Johansson’s power play goal in the third put Classic ahead 4-2 but still SPV would not be beaten. The Seinäjoki team who are known for their gutsy comebacks had earned their place in The Super Cup by coming back from 1-4 to win the Cup in January. History was to repeat itself as Jari Hankkio scored another one, Miika Latvala tied it up with a distance shot and who else than Jari Hankkio won the game with his fourth of the night on a power play. SPV’s 5-4 winner was set up by defender Tuomas Mustonen who had no less than four assists.
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