Vienna Capitals first team in the EBEL Play Offs

Dienstag, 27.Dezember 2016 - 7:05
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After a 5:0 shutout win over HDD Olimpija Ljubljana and defeats for HC Orli Znojmo and EC VSV, UPC Vienna Capitals are the first team qualified for playoffs 2017. Caps storm into playoffs with shutout Ljubljana had the first scoring chance in the game but JP Lamoureux was in good form. In return Kelsey Tessier missed an early Caps lead. The leaders pressed fort he opening goal but Riley Holzapfel, Vause and Captain Jonathan Ferland were not able to find their target. Late in the period the refs made a „no goal“ call after a confusing situation but with 25 seconds to go MacGregor Sharp made the breakthrough. The host came out hard again and Julian Grosslercher doubled the score midway through the game. The Viennese added two more goals in the seconds thanks to Ferland and Benjamin Nissner. The game already was decided but Ferland added a fifth in the final period. After the 5:0 shutout, the Caps are qualified as first team for the EBEL playoffs Znojmo suffers first season defeat against Graz In the fourth match of Znojmo and Graz it was clear who would be considered as a favorite team. Orli did win the previous three games and they confirmed their self-confidence in the very beginning of the match. The away team made it to three men on the ice and the Czechs punished hard, David Bartos came with his tenth goal of season. In the rest of the first period there were numerous chances on both sides, but neither Znojmo nor Graz accomplished scoring a goal. The second period was a way crazier than the first one. It seemed no-one was better on the ice but then it came. Györi of Znojmo tossed up one hundred percent chance to score and Graz used the situation. At first Daniel Natter equaled the score with a perfect blueliner and only forty three seconds after Kyle Beach made it to one goal leading of Graz. Znojmo didn’t surrender though, Colton Yellow Horn answered not so long after with an awesome slapshot. The third goal of Znojmo came from Peter Pucher, who scored his 200th goal in Znojmo. Score after two periods was three to two for the home team. The third period wasn’t as interesting as the previous two. The twist came in the very end of the sixty-minutes of the match. Graz tried power-play and succeeded! Game went to overtime thanks to Evan Brophey. Matt Siddal got the bonus point for his team and left the home fans dejected. Innsbruck routs Salzburg again Salzburg came out hard and opened the scoring after only 88 seconds with Rauchenwald surprising Innsbruck netminder Chiodo. After beating the bulls 7:0 in their last meeting, the Tirolese were confident and turned the game even in the first around: First Clark scored on a deflection and then Lammers and Spurgeon used a power play for a 3:1 lead. After the restart both sides did well defensively with he goalies keeping a clean sheet in the middle frame. The hosts tried hard to bounce back in the third but were not able to find the target again. Sedivy made the preliminary decision at the other end and Bishop rounded off the scoring for a 5:1 Innsbruck road win. Foxes also win fourth season meeting with VSV It was all Bolzano right from the beginning in their away game in Villach. After seven minutes Kevin Wehrs lost the puck to Dennis Kearney, who saw Markus Gander for a foxes lead. Only one minute later Gander doubled the lead. Jan Urbas pulled one back but Marco Insam restored the two-goal lead later in the period. Nothing really changed in the second and Nick Palmieri even added a fourth after 25 minutes. After the midway point of the game Corey Locke gave back hope fort he home wins but Bolzano stayed cool. In the third Olivier Latendresse and Urbas only caugt the post for Villach and Glenn made the game safe with an empty netter. Linz beats Fehervar at home The match in Linz was a mere 39 seconds old when Mike Vernace scored his first goal in the Fehervar jersey. This early setback did not confuse the Black Wings who were the dominant side. However, they missed some good chances and were trailing 1:0 after the first. DaSilva and Lebler always caused confusion in Fehervar’s defense but the Hungarians did well for long periods. Just before the midway point of the game Robert Lukas tied the game and now Linz kept rolling. Broda turned the game with a backhander even before the second intermission. In the third period the visitors were not able to gear up offensively and as a result Potulny made the preliminary decision with five minutes to go. Lebler added a fourth for a 4:1 final score. KAC gets 10th successive win Klagenfurt and Dornbirn entered the game defensively-minded with just a few highlights on the ice. The hosts had the better of the play but the Bulldogs scored with a goal by Dustin Sylvester. After a goalless second period, things became interesting in the third. Martin Grabher-Meier doubled the lead against the course of play but the record-holding champions came back. With ten minutes to go Jamie Lundmark halved the deficit and Manuel Ganahl tied it at two apiece later. The home side even had chances to decide the game in regulation but it went into overtime. In the extra session Mitja Robar fired the puck home for Klagenfurt’s tenth successive victory. Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, Round 35: Mon, 26.12.2016: UPC Vienna Capitals – HDD Olimpija Ljubljana 5:0 (1:0, 3:0, 1:0) Referees: FICHTNER/SMETANA, spectators: 3.950 Goals Caps: Sharp (20.), Grosslercher (29.), Ferland (35., 47./PP), Benjamin Nissner (37.) Mon, 26.12.2016: HC Orli Znojmo – Moser Medical Graz99ers 3:4 n.V. (1:0, 2:2, 0:1, 0:1) Referees: BULOVEC/PIRAGIC, 2.615 spectators; Goals Znojmo: Bartos (4./pp2), Yellow Horn (33.), Pucher (38.) Goals Graz: Natter (28.), Beach (29.), Brophey (60.), Siddal (61.) Mon, 26.12.2016: EC Red Bull Salzburg – HC TWK Innsbruck „die Haie“ 1:5 (1:3, 0:0, 0:2) Referees: STOLC/ZRNIC, spectators: 2.500 Goal RBS: Rauchenwald (2.) Goals HCI: Clark (9.), Lammers (18./PP2), Spurgeon (19. PP1), Sedivy (57.), Bishop (60. EN) Mon, 26.12.2016: EC VSV – HCB Südtirol Alperia 2:5 (1:3,1:1,0:1) Referees: KELLNER/KINCSES, 3051 spectators; Goals VSV: Urbas (12.pp, 33.pp); Goals HCB: Gander ( 7., 8.), Insam (19.), Palmieri (25.pp) Glenn (60.en) Mon, 26.12.2016: EHC LIWEST Black Wings Linz – Fehérvár AV19 4:1 (0:1, 2:0, 2:0) Referees: GAMPER/K. NIKOLIC, spectators: 4.600 Goals Linz: R. Lukas (29.), Broda (37.), Potulny (55.), Lebler (57.) Goals Fehervar: Vernace (1.) Mon, 26.12.2016: EC-KAC – Dornbirner Eishockey Club 3:2 n.V. (0:1, 0:0, 2:1, 1:0) Referees: GRUBER/TRILAR, spectators: 3.851 Goals KAC: 1:2 Lundmark (50.), 2:2 Ganahl (57.), 3:2 Robar (63.) Goals DEC: 0:1 Dustin Sylvester (17.), 0:2 Grabher-Meier (49.)

Quelle: red/Erste Bank Eishockey Liga