14. Dezember | 01:24

Caps beat Berlin to reach semis

UPC Vienna Capitals defeated DEL side Eisbären Berlin in a thriller, 3:2 in overtime. The Viennese will play Lulea in the semis. In Bratislava, HC Slovan Bratislava suffered a surprisingly defeat against Färjestads BK.

Josh Soares scored Vienna's first goal.
The fans in Vienna created a great atmosphere when UPC Vienna Capitals took on Eisbären Berlin in the quarter finals of the Red Bulls Salute. Early in the game the Viennese pressed for the opening goal but Michael Schiechl and Marcus Olsson could not convert their chances. The visitors from Germany gave a first warning shot when Danny Briere’s attempt went wide on power play. It was an even-balanced game with both teams having a good chance before the first intermission: Matt Zaba made a save on Barry Tallackson’s wraparound and Captain Benoit Gratton barely missed the net. In the middle period the Caps had the better of play but Rafael Rotter failed after a great solo because of Berlin’s Rob Zepp. At the midway point of the game the Germans had an one man advantage for over three minutes but the Caps kept it tight. The hosts came close to score the first when Adrian Veideman just struck metalwork but one minute before the end of the second Josh Soares broke the spell. Early in the third the Berlin side couldn’t take advantage of another power play and few minutes later they had to pay the bill: Daniel Woger doubled the lead but the joy was short-lived because Mads Christensen pulled one back promptly after a nice combination. In the closing minutes the DEL team tried everything and they were rewarded for pulling their goalie when Darin Olver forced overtime with 48 seconds left in regulation. There, the Caps used a power play as Andre Lakos scored from the blue line. The Erste Bank Eishockey Liga team will play against Lulea, who beat Brynäs in an Inter-Swedish battle, in the semis on Saturday.

In Bratislava, the hosts suffered a surprisingly defeat against Färjestads BK. The Swedes got a two-goal lead in the opening period and made the preliminary decision in the middle frame by scoring a brace. They will face Tappara Tampere, who turned the game against HV71 round, in the second semifinal.

EUROPEAN TROPHY FINALS/ Red Bulls Salute – Quarterfinals in Vienna:
13.12.2012: UPC Vienna Capitals – Eisbären Berlin (GER) 3:2 n.V. (0:0, 1:0, 1:2, 1:0)

Referees: VINNERBORG/RÖNNMARK, 4950 Zuschauer
Goals Wien: Soares (39.), Woger (47.), A. Lakos (63./pp1)
Goals Berlin: Christensen (48.), Olver (60.)

Luleå Hockey (SWE) - Brynäs IF (SWE) 4:3 (1:1, 3:1, 0:1)
Goals: Svensson (20.), Fabricius (23.), Pyörälä (30./PP),Vihko (39.) resp. Grandström (10./SH), Gundersson (33.), Harju (60.)

EUROPEAN TROPHY FINALS / Red Bulls Salute – Quarterfinals in Bratislava:
13.12.2012: HV71 Jönköping (SWE) – Tappara Tampere (FIN) 1:2 (1:0, 0:1, 0:1)

Goals: Fast (13.) resp. Erkinjuntti (26.), Palola (60.)

HC Slovan Bratislava (SVK) vs. Färjestad BK (SWE) 1:4 (0:2, 1:2, 0:0)
Goals: Vondrka (39.) resp. Hillding (7.), Grundel (10.), Aslund (21.), Wallin (25./PP)