11/22 Recap: Armia warming up

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 | 11/23/2011

Joel Armia scored his fourth goal of the year Tuesday as Assat battled to a 3-2 win over the Pelicans. The 6'3 wing's improved play of late was rewarded with 14:03 of work, the most time he's earned in the last month and a half. Armia, who has pointed in three of his last four games (2G, 1A), has four goals and six assists in 23 outings this year for the second-place Aces. Assat will host Ilves on Friday.

Drew MacKenzie picked up an assist on the game winning goal as Vermont earned their first Hockey East victory with a 2-1 win over Massachusetts. The two-way senior now has four points in six November games. The Catamounts (2-7-2) will remain at home for a pair of post-Thanksgiving tilts versus #15 Colgate on Black Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday.

In the WHL, Nathan Lieuwen was given a night off as Kootenay handled lowly Prince George, 3-2 . The ICE will roll their rested netminder Wednesday when they travel to Kamloops.


Anonymous said...

hey kris: how does sm-liga compare to the ahl?

Kris Baker said...

I think the top-tier talent of the AHL is as good or better than that of SM-liiga, but looking at the two leagues as a whole is tougher. Overall I think the Finnish league is a cut above.

SM-liiga is a physical league with a style comparable to North American hockey. With only 12 teams, there is is tighter competition through all four lines in SM-liiga compared to the 30-team, developmental approach of the AHL.

Anonymous said...

awesome. thank you.

it's interesting that a 17-year old armia decides to go pro instead of finding a junior league somewhere he can dominate. i wonder where he would have been drafted had he played in canada last yaer.

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