16. Dezember | 22:08

Fehervar suffer narrow defeat in Graz

SAPA Fehervar AV19 let the game in Graz slip away, conceding a 2:1 defeat. The fans in Salzburg saw a goal fest with EC Red Bull Salzburg beating EHC LIWEST Black Wings Linz 6:4. Plus: the Red Bulls have signed Mark Cullen (USA) until the end of the season.

Graz won a hard-fought battle against Fehervar.

Moser Medical Graz99ers dominated the home game right from the beginning but the Styrians had no idea how to break Fehervar’s defense early. The Hungarians waited for their chance and were rewarded when finished a counterattack with a shot into the top corner. Just a few moments later there was much traffic in front of Sebastian Stefaniszin but the visitors barely failed to increase their lead. In the middle frame the 99ers seized power, dominating the game and scoring the equalizer: goalie Adam Murno had no chance against Olivier Latendresse’s rocket. In further consequence the two game plans clashed with the hosts don’t carving out a way to success. And the Hungarians still tried to hit their opponents on the break unsuccessfully. In the third period, things moved on as ever until Arpad Mihaly caused a stir, getting a match penalty for an illegal check against Taylor Holst. Dustin VanBallegooie took revenge on Mihaly and the game was over for both players. With five minutes to go in regulation, the hosts got rewarded for their efforts as Jean-Michael Daoust scored the game winning goal. From behind the net the Canadian sent the puck forward where it hit a Hungarian player and luckily bounced in the back of the net. The Styrians protected the lead to the end, gaining their first season win over the Devils.

Salzburg vs. Linz
Both teams started with high pace and played aggressively. Already in the first minute the Red Bulls got a Power Play, but the best chance had Linz by Shawn Matthias. In the fifth minute the Black Wings scored the lead by Martin Grabher-Meier, but only two minutes later Justin DiBenedetto tied the game. Matthias got another good chance, but he was stopped once more by Bernd Brückler. In the second period the fans saw goal after goal. After only two minutes Brett Engelhardt scored the lead again, Rob Schremp tied the result only one minute later. The game became hotter and Linz tried their luck now with breaks. After the midway point of the game, the Red Bulls took the lead for the first time after a One-timer by Manuel Latusa. Mike Ouellette scored on Power Play for Linz, while Salzburg then got on the winning side by two goals from Andreas Kristler and Justin DiBenedetto.

DiBenedetto added another one at the beginning of the final period and made his third goal this evening. Ouellette pulled one back quickly, scoring the 4:6. The Bulls brought the win home and announced another signing after the game: Mark Cullen (USA), who already played 38 games (seven goals and ten assists) in the NHL for Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers) and 632 times in the American Hockey League, signed a contract in Salzburg until end of season. In May 2006, he also played for the US national team at the World Championships in Latvia. Mark Cullen started this term with Vityaz Chekhov (KHL), scoring one assist in 23 games. The 34-years old forward should make his debut for Salzburg in Erste Bank Eishockey Liga on Friday against Dornbirner EC.

16.12.2012: Moser Medical Graz99ersSAPA Fehervar AV19 2:1 (0:1, 1:0, 1:0)
Referees: JELINEK/SMETANA, 2.550 spectators
Goals Graz: Latendresse (27.), Daoust (55.)
Goal Szekesfehervar: Mihaly (18.)

EC Red Bull Salzburg – EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz 6:4 (1:1, 4:2, 1:1)
Referees: Berneker/Bogen, 3.400 spectators
Goals Salzburg: 1:1 DiBenedetto (7.), 2:2 Schremp (23.), 3:2 Latusa (33.), 4:3 Kristler (37.), 5:3 DiBenedetto (38./PP), 6:3 DiBenedetto (43.)
Goals Linz: 0:1 Grabher-Meier (5.), 1:2 Engelhardt (22.), 3:3 Ouellette (34./PP), 6:4 Ouellette (45.)