1/11 Recap: Armia marks in return

Joel Armia scored his ninth goal of the year Wednesday as Assat lost to SaiPa, 3-1. The 6'3 wing, who lit the lamp from low near the paint, was making his return to the Aces lineup after a successful World Junior Championship that saw him collect five goals and seven points for fourth place Finland. With seven goals and five assists in his last 13 SM-liiga contests, Armia will look to maintain his progress on Saturday when Assat travels to Lukko.



Elsewhere, Nathan Lieuwen made 29 saves before making another three stops in the shootout as Kootenay defeated Red Deer, 2-1. The 6'5 tender is now 3-1 in the month of January with a .949 save percentage. It's likely that he'll get a chance to earn his 20th win of the season on Saturday when the ICE visit Edmonton.

Kevin Sundher made his Brandon Wheat Kings debut but saw his 12-game point streak snapped in a 2-0 loss to Saskatoon. The six-foot center had previously amassed 20 points (4+16) in his final dozen games in a Victoria Royals uniform. Sundher will look to begin a new streak when the Wheat Kings host Red Deer on Friday.
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