The third game of the week was the last for Jokerit before they head on tour again. They had won both of their earlier games playing a solid game.
The visitors from Kazakstan had been playing with a variety of results as they had wins and losses taking turns in their first games of the regular season. A Finn Joni Ortio got to start in the net for Barys.
The game stayed evenly matched for a long time and it was hard to tell, which of the teams was going to get the win until it happened.
”Maybe not the start that we wanted. In the first period the opponent was better, but we improved as the game went on. It describes us well that we again found a way to win the game. There were good moments, like the power plays. Nicklas Jensen is a great scorer and it’s good that he got goals right after he came back. Juvonen has stopped the shootouts well”, summed up captain Anttila.
Even though Jokerit started a game strongly, it was Barys who scored the first goal. Nikita Mikhailis was alert around the net, when the puck bounced out of Juvonen’s sight. After the goal the home team kept pushing the game to the visitors zone.
Jacob Berglund checked John Norman from behind near the boards, taking the first penalty of the match – so the home team received a great chance to even the score right away. As the chance was not taken, got Barys themselves back to the game without a setback.
Both teams turned the game around fast, when given a chance to do so. Neither team spent too much time on the neutral zone, but either crossed over with high pace or returned back to own zone trying to approach differently.
Jokerit tried to reach the offensive zone with classic dump and chase pucks a few times, but Barys’ defencemen were able to get out under the coming pressure.
Barys was on a good track in the beginning of the period. They pushed their way to the net and made Juvonen be constantly ready to make a save. A lot of time was spent in Jokerit zone as Barys also got a power play in the first moments of the period.
However, Barys fell a little short, when goal-scorer Mikhailis went to serve a minor penalty he took – giving Jokerit their first power play right after their two minutes were done.
Penalties kept coming as Barys’ Olle Alsing took two minutes from tripping. He was battling with Veli-Matti Savinainen in the end boards. Jokerit forward also got some sort of a hit to his face as he was showing something to the referee after the game was whistled off.
Alsing got back to the game earlier than he probably wanted, when Jensen steered the puck behind Ortio. The Danishman was found by Brian O’Neill, who received the first assist to the goal. The same duo found each other a little later again. This time O’Neill went around the net from behind and passed to Jensen, who was keeping his stick ready to shoot on the post.
Barys tied the game just before the intermission on power play. Matthew Frattin managed to get the puck past Juvonen. Jokerit didn’t learn much from the setback as Jensen took a dumb penalty hitting dangerously on the back behind the opponents net.
Barys got a good start in the third period due to their power play opportunities. They still couldn’t capitalize and change the chances into score. Juvonen was calm and confident on his working post.
The game shifted and the puck was carried up and down the ice. Both teams started to defend very tightly, so it was difficult to make way to the net.
Jokerit got their chance to take the lead on power play, when Berglund got a minor penalty for high-sticking. The home team got their systems going, but Ortio had his glove ready and he denied the shots that were sent.
As neither of the teams managed to score the winning goal in the last minutes of the regular time, the result had to be settled in overtime.
The cautiosness kept showing in the overtime as neither Jokerit nor Barys took any risks. Iiro Pakarinen had a good shot, but Ortio was able to remain in front of the puck.
Eventually Barys got a huge possibility to win, when Jensen, who scored two goals was sent to the penalty box. The four-on-three situation didn’t end in a goal, so penalty shootouts were about to happen. There Jokerit managed to keep their winning streak going as Jensen and Jesse Joensuu scored and none of the Barys’ players did.
”We need to remain careful and tight. Those things need to be on high level in away ice. Also the efficiency needs to be there, because as visitors we tend to get a bit less scoring chances than on home ice”, Anttila thought.
Jokerit will continue their season on Monday, when they will play against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl – a team they faced only about a week ago.
”Saturday and 5000 people in the stands. This was a great week home, wins from all three games. The game was difficult and our line up changes a bit too much – it shows in our effort. On the other hand our second period was great hockey. Then we messed up a bit in the end. The shootous seem to work alright", Jokerit head coach Lauri Marjamäki said and concluded the week for the Helsinki team.