The SHL selected Quebec Tigres G Riki Tiktuunen as its Player of the Week. The 21-year-old rookie from Finland had a sensational first week with the expansion Tigres, posting a 3-0-1 record with a .940 save percentage (best in the league among starters) and a 1.71 GAA (second to Michigan’s Dirk “The Bear” Lundquist).
He made 29 saves in his debut, leading the Tigres to a 4-1 win over Seattle. On Tuesday, Tiktuunen stopped 28 New York shots as the Tigres eclipsed the Night by a 3-2 margin. Tiktuunen’s heroics have been essential to Quebec’s unexpectedly lofty start; the Tigres are tied for the league’s best record with the Hamilton Pistols.
“Our team is built on a defensive identity,” said Quebec coach Martin Delorme, “and a reliable goaltender is essential to that. Last year, in Michigan, I had that in Lundquist. I am seeing the same qualities in Tiktuunen this season. Certainly, I would be shocked if we were to continue to sit atop the standings all season. But this performance gives me hope that we are much further along than I had imagined.”