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Stampede goaltender Juho Olkinuora came into this season with some pretty high expectations, and that took a toll on him.

"I think I kind of over thought things" Olkinuora says, "And didn't focus on the primary things, which is, just stopping the puck for me."

Given his situation, that's understandable.

"I think what's hard for him too, being older, he only has one year here." Stampede Head Coach Kevin Hartzell says, "And he wanted to show himself off to colleges so it was like a 'I get one chance' type of thing so it was a big burden, and you could see it in the way he started carrying himself."

Luckily for Olkinuora, fellow goalie Stephon Williams was able to carry the load while he worked out the kinks. With that bit of insurance, Olkinuora turned it on down the stretch, finishing the regular season with a 2.78 goals against average and four wins in his last six games. With both him and Williams playing up to par, the Herd look pretty menacing.

"It feels like I've got a luxary, some kind of luxary item where I have both goalies playing good." Hartzell says, "They can take a little of the burden off of each other because they both know the other one can carry the load too."

And now it seems like the only problems Olkinuora has, is getting people to pronounce his name right.

"I always get the question is it Juho or is Jusi or how to pronounce my last name," Olkinuora says, "But yeah, my real name is Juho, but I told my parents, 'you should call me Jussi' when I was like five I told them that and after that it just feels natural to be called Jussi."

As the Heard head into their second round playoff matchup with Omaha, Stampede fans are hoping to just call him, 'winner'.

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