Chief Innsbruck achieved the next success in the 33rd round of the Ice Hockey League. Hay celebrated a deserved 4:1 win over Pustertal Wolves on Wednesday and stayed comfortably at the top of the table. Second-placed HCB Südtirol converted a 3-0 deficit at home against Asiago to 4-3 after extra time. VSV Carinthian and KAC celebrated victories, as did the Vienna Capitals and Salzburg.
And in Innsbruck, the ball moved into the net for the first time in the seventh minute, but the visitors’ opening goal was ruled out for offside. A little later, Daniel Levins gave High the lead (11th). After that, I flattened the game a bit, especially since the Sharks weren’t playing at the usual high level. This changed in the final third. Jamal Watson, with two goals (46, 49) and Lucas Barr (58), made the decision in favor of the league leaders, and the Wolverhampton team, meanwhile, managed to achieve only the consolation goal.
HCB Südtirol was completely asleep during the match against Asiago until the end of the second half and was already 0:3 behind. After a spirited comeback, Ryan Culkin caused extra time with 21 seconds left. Brad McClure took the South Tyrol decision a few moments later. The difference between leaders Innsbruck is currently five points.
In an 8:1 thrashing of VSV in Graz, Andrew Desjardins and Marco Richter put the road to victory in the first third. Shortly after the start of the midsection, Anthony Luciani and Dominic Graventhin increased the lead to 5:0 with a double within 23 seconds. The match was already decided, in the last third Blaz Tomazevich, Graventhen again and Felix Maxa scored for the Carinthians. Meanwhile, Daniel Woger only worked on the cosmetic results for the 99ers. Thanks to the success, VSV remained in third place in the table.
KAC also celebrated a clear victory away in Ljubljana. Thomas Hundertepfen (11th), Rock Tekar (27th), Lukas Lisieu (36th), Rihards Bukaerts (40th), Paul Postma (44th) and Clemens Unterweger (52nd) scored the goals in the 6:1 minute for the record champions.
In the duel between the Vienna Capitals and the Black Wings Linz, the decision was made only in extra time (2: 1). The Caps dominated the first third but it wasn’t until the 19th minute before Maxwell Zimmer drove the puck over the line to take a deserved lead. Graham Knott equalized with three minutes remaining (57th). In overtime, Radek Brooks advanced to Vienna’s game-winner after 95 seconds.
EC Red Bull Salzburg struggled for a long time in a 2-0 win over bottom-placed Pioneers Vorarlberg. Although Nikolai Meyer took the lead in the 16th minute, Mario Huber made the final decision shortly before the end (60th).
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