The team from Kouvola, which finished tenth in the regular season, only won its third league win of the 2000s in Oulu and made it to the quarterfinals with a 2–1 victory.
One one of the biggest shocks of the 21st century in the domestic men’s ice hockey league was experienced on Thursday in Oulu.
The season of Kärppie’s record-breaking team, which was built with four million euros in mind for the championship, ended even before the quarterfinals with a loss to KooKoo with 0–5 goals.
The team from Kouvola, which finished tenth in the regular season, only won its third league win of the 2000s in Oulu and made it to the quarterfinals with a 2–1 victory. The people of Kouvola were in a hurry to visit Tappara in Tampere on Friday.
“It’s a pretty great job to be such a tough underdog, at least in terms of Euros, and handle the job in this style in a stoppage game. A lot has been watched on video, how to go through that Kärppie trap”, comments the defender from Mäntsälä, who scored KooKoo’s ridiculously easy second goal Juho Rautanen.
Rautanen, 25, has taken a leap this season from an average player of less than 17 minutes to a contractor with more than 21 minutes. In the regular season, Rautanen’s power points of 3+15 meant doubling his single-season point record.
Flies players accumulate flight points equivalent to a gold card in just one season, but KooKoo’s program only included the club’s first game trips to league games by air this week.
“I have been given much more responsibility, so my puck game has improved. The trips have turned out nicely this week, when we have been able to fly. I guess I should consider getting a Finnair membership card,” laughed Rautanen, an ex-Tappara resident who owns an apartment in Tampere.
KooKoo’s goal gave Panelia Raikkaan a boost Oskari Setänen28, recorded his first shutout in the playoffs.
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