EC Salzburg put the Black Wings in place in the first duel of round 17 of the ICE Hockey League away from home. The defending champions won 5-2 on Friday night in a respectable second-place finish, with Salzburg taking the lead after less than two minutes. HCB Südtirol remains at the top of the table, three more points behind the nearest supplements. Bolzano beat Asiago 6:3.
Fourth-placed HC Innsbruck beat the Vienna Capitals, who were also in the top six, 4-3 in Vienna. The Graz99ers beat Fehervar 1:0 nP in front of their home crowd, while the Pioneers Vorarlberg had to concede defeat at Ljubljana with 2:6. KAC lost 2:3 in overtime at HC Pustertal.
Salzburg’s Peter Hochköfler scored in Linz after just 1:53 to put the visitors ahead. Andreas Kristler managed to tie the match of strength (31), but it did not last long. Defender Chai Jenway (38 minutes) put the Red Bulls back on track, in the final section Paul Hooper (54) and Peter Schneider, who outnumbered (57), gave Salzburg a 4-1 lead before the end. Sneijder also scored in the power game 57 seconds before the end of the game. Salzburg is now six games unbeaten. Brian Liebler, who played well recently and celebrated the title with Salzburg in the spring, has been without a point in the Black Wings.
The Innsbruck “High” team in Vienna-Kagran won a tough duel after a 4-1 draw, still trembling. Viennes, who had previously won three successive home wins, scored twice in the third half through Radek Brooks and Maxwell Zimmer, but the last attack was unsuccessful. After Dario Winkler (fourth) made it 1-0 to Tyrolean, who returned with captain Jan Latner, Tyler Coulter put Innsbruck back four seconds before the break in the first third, Senna Peters (26) and top scorer Brady Shaw (39)/PP then increased .
The Graz99ers beat Fehervar 1-0 after 60 minutes without goals and extra time after penalties. Michael Boivin diverted the decisive attempt. As a result, the people of Graz overtook the Hungarians, who received the same number of points, in seventh place. KAC is also outside the top six. Newcomer Rehards Boekarts entered the ninth-placed Klagenfurt team for the first time. The Latvian player almost made the decision in extra time, so Brunecker finally celebrated after a powerful playing goal from Anthony Bardaro after 4:17 minutes. KAC goals were marked by Matt Fraser and Thomas Hunderbound.
Pioneers Vorarlberg is now unsuccessful in four games. The bottom of the table couldn’t get any in Slovenia either. Ljubljana moved away decisively from 2:2 to 5:2 with three goals in the middle of the period.
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