15. Dezember | 15:06

Fehervar try to extend winning streak against Graz

SAPA Fehervar AV19 end their weekend with a trip to Graz where they won their last three games. Plus: it’s derby time in Carinthia again.

Arpad Mihaly vs. Greg Day
Moser Medical Graz99ers were not able to get their fifth consecutive win, suffering a 3:0 shutout defeat in Ljubljana. “We have to give credit to Olimpija, they played a solid game. We didn’t score because their goalie played a great game and that was the difference. I think we could have played for further hours without scoring”, reports head coach Mario Richer. On Sunday the Styrians host Fehervar, wanting to settle an outstanding score. They have lost the previous two season meetings in Hungary against a direct competitor for a playoff spot.

SAPA Fehervar AV19 continued its good home series under head coach Jan Neliba on Friday night by beating visiting Klagenfurt 2-1 in a closely-fought battle. “We played an exciting game in high tempo and both teams had their scoring chances but we finished those chances successfully in a higher percentage. Our good defense was the basis of our win. There were outstanding individual performances in the team, like Kyle Bailey’s or Adam Munro’s but every player deserves the praise”, summarizes assistant coach Lajos Enekes. The Hungarians will hit the road on Sunday and travel to Graz to visit a team that they have a positive record against so far this season. Istvan Sofron and company have won the first meeting at home and beyond that they decided the last three games in Graz also to their favor. “We haven’t been to Graz yet this season and it will be an extremely tough game and since we were uncertain in some of our road games lately, we must be better prepared for having to play after travelling. It would be important to keep our current position in the standings, for this we will certainly need our best game again. Our defensive work has been functioning well lately and if we do this with enough patience, we will give ourselves the chance for success”, adds Enekes.

EC-KAC missed the chance to grab a playoff spot, losing in Fehervar (1:2) on Friday. “We would have deserved the two points but we didn’t score on our chances“, tells us goalie Rene Swette. It’s not all about prestige when the record-holding champions host Villach tomorrow because both sides need point to finish the regular season among the best six teams. “It will be a tough game. We must keep it tight again and use our opportunities on the attack”.

„It was an important win, every match is like a playoff game right now“, says Marco Pewal, who scored a brace in the 4:2 victory over Linz on Friday. The blue shirts obtained a little breathing room in the race for the top six spots. Now they want their fourth successive win over local rivals from Klagenfurt. “We have to ride the first ten minutes out because I expect KAC coming with tremendous pressure”, thinks Pewal.

Sunday, 16th December 2012, 17:30
Moser Medical Graz99ersSAPA Fehervar AV19 (181)

Referees: JELINEK, SMETANA, Hofstätter, Zehenthofer
Previous matches:
14.10.2012: SAPA Fehervar AV19Moser Medical Graz99ers 3:2 (1:0, 2:1, 0:1)
26.10.2012: SAPA Fehervar AV19Moser Medical Graz99ers 2:1 n. V. (0:0, 1:0, 0:1, 1:0)

EC-KAC – EC VSV (183)
Live-TV: ServusTV
Referees: KELLNER, VEIT, Ettlmayr, Johnstone
Previous matches:
14.10.2012: EC-KAC – EC VSV 2:5 (1:4, 1:0, 0:1)
26.10.2012: EC VSV – EC-KAC 5:4 (1:1, 1:2, 3:1)