The qualifying round in the bet-at-home ICE Hockey League continues tomorrow, Tuesday: The EC GRAND Immo VSV receives the Moser Medical Graz 99ers (Villach town hall, start: 7.15pm – on live.ice.hockey as a pay -Per-View Online Stream) to the next “Endgame”. The “Adler” have gotten better and better lately, have gained a lot of self-confidence with victories against Linz and Innsbruck and are still on the play-off course.
Head coach Rob Daum: “We only have finals in the qualifying round. Against the Graz team it is now a matter of gathering strength, regenerating well and performing on Tuesday with full energy and the same passion as in previous games. Unfortunately our list of injuries got longer again – goalie Jakub Sedlacek and Matt Mangene will be out due to injuries! ”
Matt Mangene caught it in Innsbruck with an upper body injury in the first third, goalie Jakub Sedlacek then had to leave the ice with a lower body injury at the beginning of the final third. Corresponding investigations will follow today and tomorrow, but both will be missing in the home game against the Graz 99ers on Tuesday. How long they will not be available to the blue-whites is still open.
Daum: “Our line-up was further undermined, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. We have now gained confidence, will find solutions and want to take the next step towards play-offs against Graz. ”What the coach particularly liked against Linz and Innsbruck was the morale that the“ Adler ”had shown : “We recently acted very compactly defensively, decided the match in our favor even after setbacks and, above all, scored the goals at the right time. Against the Graz 99ers we have to put our full energy on the ice again, then we can win! ”VSV youngster Ali is in goal
Schmidt replace standard goalie Jakub Sedlacek.
Forward Scott Kosmachuk is one of the guys who has been in very good shape for a few weeks and has already scored 34 points for the blue-whites this season: “Against Graz we have to perform exactly as we did in previous games. Forcing our game on the opponent with a lot of passion and commitment, never allowing it to develop from the start. It’s about everything, it’s another final game for us! “
Felix Maxa also emphasizes this: “We now have to look from game to game. So far we’ve had a tough time against Graz, but now it’s all about it. And we got really good momentum recently. If we want to get into the play-off, we have to beat the Styrians at home tomorrow! “
In direct comparison, the Moser Medical Graz99ers celebrated three victories against the blue-whites in the current season, the Villachers were only successful once. The Styrians started the qualifying round with two wins and two defeats, are currently tied with the “Adlers” in third place and thus on a play-off rank. Last Sunday, coach Jens Gustafsson’s team was able to beat the Dornbirn Bulldogs at home with 2-1 goals.
bet-at home ICE Hockey League:
EC GRAND Immo VSV – Moser Medical Graz 99ers
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 / Villach town hall / Start: 7.15 p.m.
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