In the table, Dornbirn is still tied for points ahead of the Bratislava Capitals (12 each) thanks to its better placement in the regular season. Behind them a close fight for the third open place in the quarter-finals between the VSV and Graz (7 each) and the Black Wings from Linz (6) announces. Innsbruck only stops at four points.
“Red jackets” set the pace
The South Tyroleans, who suffered their first defeat in the second round, managed to score twice in a power play before Rok Ticar finally decided the game with an empty-nicer (59th).
The “Red Bulls” wrote to Salzburg for the first time. After a lightning strike from Austin Ortega after 57 seconds, thanks to the recovered captain Thomas Raffl (24th) and Stefan Espeland with his premier goal for Salzburg (38th) they pulled away to 3-0. Raffl responded to a Hungarian shorthander shortly after with his second goal (52nd).
The best thing about the win was how we played as a team. We showed a really strong game as a team and also used our chances to score, ”said Salzburg coach Matt McIlvane happily. For Fehervar it was the third defeat in the third round match.
Wrong roles in qualifying round
In the qualifying round, the Graz 99ers and the Black Wings Linz made the fight for the remaining three places in the quarter-finals exciting again. Graz defeated leaders Dornbirn Bulldogs 2: 1, Linz defeated Bratislava Capitals 4: 0.
The five teams from Dornbirn (12 points), Bratislava (12), Graz (10), Villach (10) and Linz (9) are only separated by three points.
The VSV won with a 3: 1 in Innsbruck as well as the third victory as the Linz. Chris Collins (55th) and Jerry Pollastrone (59th) scored the Villachers for their first success against Innsbruck this season. In Linz Juha-Pekka Hytönen (18th) and Moritz Matzka (28th) brought the Black Wings onto the winning road, in the final third, league goal scorer Brian Lebler made two goals for the highest win of the season for Linz.
The Russian defender Vitali Menshikov, who was engaged for the decisive championship phase, was the Graz match winner with a double (12th, 42nd).
ICE Hockey League, intermediate round
KAC – Bozen 4: 2
(1:0 2:1 1:1)
Tore: Unterweger (4.), Haudum (26./PP), Strong (38.) bzw. Halmo (30./PP), Findlay (52./PP)
Penalty minutes: 8 or 13 + playing time Catenacci
Salzburg – Fehervar 4: 1
(1:0 2:0 1:1)
Goals: Ortega (1.), Raffl (24., 52.), Espeland (38./PP) and Mihaly (49./SH)
Penalty minutes: 4 or 12
Graz – Dornbirn 2: 1
(1:0 0:0 1:1)
Goals: Menshikov (12th, 42nd) and Jevpalovs (50th)
Penalty minutes: 2 or 4
Innsbruck – VSV 1: 3
(0:0 0:1 1:2)
Goals: Gerlach (47th) or Collins (34th, 55th), Pollastrone (59th)
Penalty minutes: 6 or 8
Linz – Bratislava 4: 0
(1:0 1:0 2:0)
Goals: Hytonen (18th), Matzka (28th), Lebler (47./PP)
Penalty minutes: 4 or 6