Wins for the First and the Last

Montag, 05.Januar 2015 - 5:44
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Leader EC Red Bull Salzburg won on Sunday at Moser Medical Graz99ers 5:2 and HDD Telemach Olimpija Ljubljana beat HC TWK Innsbruck „Die Haie“ with 4:2 and returned after five defeats on the winning-street.

Ljubljana returned against Innsbruck on the winning-street
With-out Headcoach Christer Olsson, who was sick, Innsbrucks Sharks traveled to Ljubljana. Instead of the Swede Assistant Coach Pierre Beaulieu coached the Tyroleans. The better start had the Slovenes, who took also a 2:0-lead thank two goals from Hunter Bishop and Tom Zanoski within 40 seconds. Both teams then took some penalties, but no team could take advantage from their Power Plays. After the re-start Ales Music quickly made the 3:0. But the Austrians did not give up and finally took advantage from a Power Play. Kenny MacAulay, who was a green dragon last season, made his first goal for the Sharks. Still in the second period Matt Siddall even scored the 2:3 and gave Innsbruck some hope again. In the last period the guests tried to equalize, but the Sharks did not come to real good chances. When Ziga Pesut scored the 4:2 (53.) the game was decided. For the Slovenes it was the first win after five defeats in a row.

Salzburg won in Graz
The Moser Medical Graz99ers had a perfect start into the game and took the lead after just 161 seconds: Anders Bastiansen fighted for the puck, found Marek Zagrapan, who beat goalie Luka Gracnar with a shot from the Slot. The Styrians then took two penalties, but goalie Danny Sabourin stopped the best chances with some great saves. But the best opportunity to score had the hosts: Bastiansen was stopped after outplaying his opponents in the last moment before scoring with a foul, but he could not beat Luka Gracnar with the Penaltyshot seconds before the first break.

In the second period the Red Bulls were dominating the game. The guests also quickly made the 1:1. After a 2-on-1-situation Brett Sterling finished a perfect diagonal-pass from John Hughes. With big effort Danny Sabourin and Co. stopped the Red Bulls from scoring their second goal. Late in the period Graz got stronger again, but the 99ers missed to score from good chances from Anders Bastiansen, Marek Zagrapan, Manuel Ganahl and Stephen Werner. A deflected shot by Zdenek Kutlak gave leader Salzburg the lead in the third period. From that moment the Red Bulls were not to stop anymore and finally won in Graz with 5:2.

Sun, 04.01.2015: HDD Telemach Olimpija Ljubljana - HC TWK Innsbruck "Die Haie" 4:2 (2:0,1:2,1:0)
Referees: ERD/M. NIKOLIC; spectators: 600
Goals Ljubljana: Bishop (11.), Zanoski (11.), Music (25.), Pesut (53.)
Goals Innsbruck: MacAulay (27./pp), Siddall (36.)

Sun, 04.01.2015: Moser Medical Graz99ers - EC Red Bull Salzburg 2:5 (1:0,0:1,1:4)
Referees: DREMELJ/SIEGEL; spectators: 3.481
Goals Graz: Zagrapan (3.), Petruska (51./pp)
Goals Salzburg: Sterling (24.), Kutlak (44., 47.), Raffl (48., 54.)

Quelle: red/Erste Bank Liga