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Ice Hockey League: Crisis?  KAC coach Matekainen waving - winter sports - ice hockey

Ice Hockey League: Crisis? KAC coach Matekainen waving – winter sports – ice hockey

Two games, two losses!

KAC has made a classic false start to the New Hockey League’s one-day winning season. After a clear 2:5 in Innsbruck, league newcomers Pioneers Vorarlberg also went bankrupt, which fell by 1:2 (Match Report >>>) but it is more compact – but it hurts twice.

Overwhelmingly superior, the Red Vests limited Landel’s cracks in the attack area – but they lacked any efficiency. 48:13 The equalizing shot was in favor of the record champions, plus three shots from the pole and Nick Petersen missed the empty goal.

All of that was of no use in the end, after ICE’s first weekend, the Carinthians at the bottom of the table. For coach Petri Matekainen, “It was of course a very disappointing journey in terms of results and not a good start to the new season.” However, there is no reason to worry, he focuses more on positive things.

“I think we’re still doing a lot of things right. We totally controlled the game and were able to improve the game in Innsbruck, especially in terms of non-forced losses,” the Finn saw improvement, but recognized a mental problem.

“We are not hungry enough to chase the score yet”

The two-time KAC champion said: “There are a lot of good things when we get past the game. We create a lot of chances, but it’s not about the team mentality. We are not hungry enough to chase the score.” Coach.

It is clear that the 55-year-old also suffers from a lack of opportunities to convert chances, three goals out of a total of 82 shots on goal is simply not enough. “Of course it’s mental if you don’t take advantage of the opportunities you get. It just hits your head and you kind of panic”, he doesn’t blame his players and sees himself as an obligation.

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“I’m here to explain things to them. What happens is a very natural thing. You start with a tight stick. But we just have to play the way we want to play, and then the result and the goals will come on their own” Matikinen is full of hope.

The Finn also expresses his respect for the pioneers: “We were better than we were in Innsbruck, but we weren’t good enough. The home team fought hard and were also a bit lucky, but they played hard against Madeleine. Somehow, they got the win today and what We still have work to do.”

Pioneers “Fight Like Lions”

On the other hand, the pioneers were very happy, even though they knew they left the ice as lucky winners.

“They put us under a lot of pressure throughout the match. We’re often stuck in our area and we can’t create many chances,” said Man of the Match David Madeliner, in an interview with “Puls24”. “But the whole team fought like a lion, it was unbelievable.”

In Friday’s 3-0 loss in Bolzano “We fought well, but now we’ve got our first win – I think it’s the toughest win,” said the Vorarlberg native. Great things can surely happen again at the traditional ice hockey site in Feldkirch.

“If we keep going like this, get used to the pace, we can build something good,” says the former KAC guard. Who won a lot of praise from coach Marc Habshid: “David played really well tonight, it was the difference.”

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“The first beer will taste brutally good”

The Canadian coach was also thrilled with the victory, which Patrick Spannring and Kevin Maserczynski secured with their goals: “I am happy with the organisation, the city and the region. Playing the first game at home was something special – a good team was even more special.”

His team is making progress every day, “But beating this team – it’s a good team, playing a fast game, very competitive, go to the net and work hard. A win like that gives us a little bit of self – said Habshid Saeed.

Before the next league game on Thursday at VSV (7:15 PM TIME live tape) after an ice hockey party in Feldkirch. “Today’s first beer will taste brutally good,” laughs Madelner. “We have a good beer in Vorarlberg and I’ll give myself one.”

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