Tension in the qualifying round
In the qualifying round, the Graz99ers and Black Wings Linz made the fight for the remaining three places in the quarterfinals 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 road to victory, in the final third of the league top 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).