The ice bulls that were free of play on Sunday had the choice between Dornbirn (6th) and Hydro Fehérvár AV19 (5th) in the live pick following the last intermediate round of the ICE Hockey League and they decided on the team with a lower ranking. HCB Südtirol, winner of the placement round, chose the Bratislava Capitals as their opponent, the KAC chose the VSV as their opponent, so a Carinthian derby is on the program in the quarter-finals. That left Fehervar for the Vienna Capitals.
Salzburg has to deal with Dornbirn
The Red Bulls will meet the Dornbirn Bulldogs in the quarter-finals. In the past, the pairing has already taken place twice in the quarter-finals, both times the Red Bulls were able to prevail with 4-2 wins. Also in the basic round of the current season, Salzburg were able to decide all four matches for themselves, whereby the games were consistently close and there was also overtime once.
Salzburg’s Head Coach Matt McIlvane: “We expect a team that checks hard and has a lot of talent. They know how to score and are well on their way right now. But recently we have also become better and better as a team and have really grown together. It is a great challenge for us and we are expecting an exciting series. ”
Dramatic fight for play-off ticket
In the long-distance duel for the last quarter-final ticket there was also pure drama in the long-distance duel between the VSV and the Black Wings Linz: The Villachers finally secured promotion in the penalty shoot-out. The Carinthians won 6: 5 in Dornbirn and caught the Black Wings. The Linz team won 5-3 in Graz and then had to watch on TV how the VSV made the comeback against the Bulldogs.
Sabers Vienna and Salzburg Eagles in the women’s final
The Austrian championship title in women’s ice hockey will again be decided between EHV Sabers Vienna and DEC Salzburg Eagles. It is the duel of the best teams of the past years, for the 16th time and for the eighth time in a row the two teams will meet in the final. The Sabers are going on their 17th championship title and the eleventh in a row, the Eagles are fighting for their third title after 2006 and 2009.
In the semifinals the Sabers beat the Neuberg Highlanders 6: 3 and in the second leg on Sunday 5: 0, the Eagles fought the Lakers Carinthia 1: 0 and 2: 1. The final is played in “best of three” mode, on March 20th the Sabers have home advantage, on March 27th the Eagles. A possibly necessary third game would take place again in Vienna on March 28th.
(Source: APA / SALZBURG24)