For Fletcher SV, there was no sense of accomplishment in the second game of the CHL. Coach Rob Daum’s side narrowly lost to 12-time Polish champion Komarsch Krakow on Sunday in Krakow by 2:4 (1: 1: 1: 1: 0). This means the Blues and Whites are still without a point in Group F, after losing 7-0 to Swedish champions Färjestad BK, also outside.
The omens before the game were poor, as in addition to absentees John Hughes, Felix Maxa and Benjamin Lanzinger, other players including goalkeeper JB Lamoureux, Julian Bayer, Chris Collins and Martin Urbanek had to be introduced due to an outbreak of gastroenteritis in Souf’s squad. Unlike Friday’s game, the guests withstood it better.
Even an early goal by Martin Kasperlik (ninth) did not allow Villach to throw them off course. After an emotional pass, Blaz Tomazewicz (11) surprised the Polish goalkeeper and immediately responded. After the start of the second half, it was Kasperlik (33) who scored again with his second goal. But in the 5:3 majority position, the “Adlers” were able to tie again through Nicolas Matinen (36).
The third group also followed a similar pattern, with the hosts again advancing. All in all, Villach made too many mistakes to take something that counts with them. Roman Rak (49) made the score 3: 2, and in the end Mateusz Mikalski (59) scored in the empty goal. Continental Cup winners Krakow managed to celebrate their first win after losing 4-0 to the Straubing Tigers.
VSV continues on Friday with a tough home game against Färjestad, and two days later Cracovia is a guest at Carinthia. The eight group winners and runners-up after the first and second rounds are in the round of 16.
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