13. Dezember | 17:14

Ljubljana hosts 99ers, KAC in Fehervar

Olimpija Ljubljana hosts Moser Medical Graz 99ers on Friday and wants to stop the winning streak of Graz. Klagenfurt hits the road to Szekesfehervar. KAC signed forward Tom Zanoski from Zagreb and Defender Florian Iberer, who played in Sweden so far.

Markus Pirmann and his teammates travel to Szekesfehervar.

Graz 99ers hit the road to Ljubljana on Friday, to meet one of the best first lines of the league. Jan Murasak, Brock McBride and Chris D’Alvise together already scored 101 points. Though Graz is not afraid, they won nine of their last ten games since the end of the International Break in the beginning of November, are ranked third and are the team to beat: “Since a couple of weeks everybody in the team understands, that he is part of the team and has to play for the team and not for himself”, stats Kristof Reinthaler but also warns of the opponent: “This weekend is very important for us, versus Ljubljana and against Fehervar we need to collect four points the get us into a good position on the table.”

Not just because Graz won nine of the last ten games, because they are third, but also because the Slovenians always had some troubles playing against them in the last couple of games it will be a big game for Olimpija. „Graz plays very physical and their transition between defense and offense is very good, we have to be careful. We mustn’t make mistakes in our own end”, knows Ales Music. Music is also still looking for a spot in the top 6 teams in the end of the regular season and still believes: "Our goal is a spot under the top 6, theoretically it is still possible and we will give everything to reach that!” The Slovenians are already nine points behind the sixth spot in the table.

Fehervar goes for the fourth consecutive home win
The Hungarians were beaten 0:3 in Zagreb on Sunday but want to get back the momentum versus Klagenfurt. “We gave our weakest performance of recent time against Zagreb while Medvescak was playing very well. The difference in the result could’ve been even bigger if our goalie Adam Munro didn’t play as well as he did“, is Assistant-Coach Lajos Enekes honest. In front of their homecrowd the Hungarians could win their last three games and also in the two games against KAC always the hometeam could win the game: “Our opponent’s performance has been up and down this season, especially compared to previous seasons. They have a strong roster but they are not reaching the level that is expected of them. KAC’s players skate a lot and they play an aggressive forecheck. We only have a chance against them if we perform well on the defensive side“, stats Enekes. Every player of Szekesfehervar is available for Coach Jan Neliba.

With a win KAC could at least overtake Fehervar on the table. Regarding a spot in the top 6 the game is very important for Klagenfurt: “It is a four-points-game in Hungary for us. In the last couple of years we also had to fight hard in Fehervar. Especially the long bustrip is hard to ignore, we have to get the ride out of our legs as soon as possible”, stats forward Markus Pirmann. The last game in Fehervar was lost after penalties 3:4.

New players for KAC
Klagenfurt, shortly before the end of the tryout-period, signed two new players: Forward Tom Zanoski from Zagreb and defender Florian Iberer got a contract til the end of the season. If both will be able to play already in Hungary is questionable.

Friday, 14th December 2012, 19:15
HDD Telemach Olimpija Ljubljana – Moser Medical Graz 99ers (176)

Referees: GEBEI, PODLESNIK, Ettlmayr, Nemeth;
Previous games:
23.09.2012: HDD Telemach Olimpija Ljubljana – Moser Medical Graz 99ers 2:4 (0:1, 0:2, 2:1)
28.10.2012: Moser Medical Graz 99ers – HDD Telemach Olimpija Ljubljana 2:3 n.V. (1:1, 0:1, 1:0, 0:1)

Friday, 14th December 2012, 19:15
SAPA Fehervar AV19 – EC-KAC (177)

Schiedsrichter: BERNEKER, VINNERBORG, Hofer, Nothegger;
Previous games:
28.09.2012: EC-KAC – SAPA Fehervar AV19 3:1 (2:0, 0:0, 1:1)
19.10.2012: SAPA Fehervar AV19 – EC-KAC 4:3 n.P. (1:1, 0:2, 2:0, 0:0, 1:0)