With finalists Salzburg and Bosen, HC Innsbruck is the third ICE entrant in the 2023/24 Hockey Champions League. The Tyroleans finished the regular season in third place, but fell short of the Vienna Capitals quarter-finals in the play-off. Tyroleans qualified for the CHL for the first time, which began in August.

After the 4-1 victory over KAC, Salzburg is not only in the final of the ICE League, which includes many foreign cubs, for the twelfth time, but can also look forward to the Austrian championship title. It is the Bulls’ tenth trophy nationally, making them the third most successful club behind KAC (32) and WEV (14).

Now the ICE title will be successfully sworn against Bolzano. “It will be important that we continue to play as organized as before and focus on our game. However, we expect a long series of finals in which we want to come off the ice as winners. In the semi-final we played very compactly against Klagenfurt, with the exception of one away game.” , and we want to take that into the final as well,” confirmed Salzburg captain Thomas Rafel before Thursday’s first game in South Tyrol.

However, Salzburg’s record against Bolzano is a negative one. In the regular season, I only won one out of four games. Also in the previous two losing matches in 2014 and 2018 in the final, Bolzano prevailed, in each case in a decisive match.

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From: apa