17. Dezember | 19:02

Znojmo play Caps on the road, Medvescak host HCI

After Vienna’s appearance in the European Trophy, HC Orli Znojmo maybe profit from tired legs to gain their first season win against the leaders. KHL Medvescak Zagreb welcome Innsbruck, looking to extend their winning streak.

Josh Soares vs. Jan Seda.

UPC Vienna Capitals successfully represented Erste Bank Eishockey Liga in the European Trophy. The Viennese were just beaten by later winners from Lulea in the semis. “I’m proud because we were able to keep the game open against a great opponent. Early in the game we had our chances but in the end details decided the it”, summarizes head coach Tommy Samuelsson. Now the Caps zero in on the Championships, where they have a seven-point advantage to a non-playoff spot. On Tuesday, new arrival Justin Keller could make his debut in the home game against Znojmo. “I’m positively excited. The fans in Vienna are great and I’m looking forward to the first game”, says the Canadian. Mario Seidl, Jonathan Ferland, Toni Romano, Mario Fischer and Francois Fortier are definitely out while Philipp Pinter is doubtful. David Lundbohm has left Vienna for Sweden again.

HC Orli Znojmo have started into December with four victories. Lastly, the Czechs celebrated their first win in Innsbruck, beating the bottom team 2:1. Head coach Martin Stloukal knows the reasons for their upswing: „We worked hard during the international break and now we are benefitting. We stick to the game plan and use our pace. Innsbruck is always a dangerous opponent but we only conceded one goal and that’s a positive note“. In the past two away games the Eagles found back on track, too, recording victory number six and seven on the road. It’s interesting that the Czechs only conceded one goal at five away wins. A good defensive performance will also become the decisive factor for the game in Vienna. „I saw both Caps games in the European Trophy and I have great respect for them. They build on a Swedish defensive system and play very incisive. I figure they will be a little tired”, so Stloukal. Peter Pucher and Marek Uram (both with knee injury) are ruled out. Ondrej Kacetl will get the nod over Filip Landsman.

Bottom club pays Dom Sportova a visit
KHL Medvescak Zagreb seems to have overcome their interim low after beating Fehervar and Dornbirn last week. In Vorarlberg, the Bears won a hard-fought game 4:2. “We made a few mistakes in the second and I have to give credit to Dornbirn. But I’m really satisfied with the first and third period, it was another step in the right direction”, reports head coach Marty Raymond. In tomorrow’s home game against Innsbruck, Medvescak could create a little cushion to seventh place. The Croats have the second best defense of the league available and they have conceded only two goals against the Tirolese in 120 minutes. „We worked on a few things defensively because we are a defensive club. The last two wins were important but we won’t take the game against Innsbruck lightly. They trust in good native player what makes sense for them. They prepare for the next year and come hard every game”, tells us Raymond. Dustin Jeffrey will not play in tomorrow’s encounter.

Despite another pleasing performance, HC TWK Innsbruck gained no point for the fourth successive time when the Sharks lost to Znojmo. “It was a tight game and we kept fighting till the end. We didn’t bury our heads in the sand after the early goal and could have won the game, too“, analyses Benedikt Schennach. While the Tirolese struggle for goals at home, they have scored almost three on average on the road. The Sharks also gained three of four season wins in away matches. “At the start of the season the other teams were out of our class but we have improved. We often gave proof of our potential, keep on fighting and hopefully get some more wins”, sums Benedikt Schennach up. Some line changes are expected.

Tuesday, 18th December 2012, 19:15
UPC Vienna Capitals – HC Orli Znojmo (186)

Referees: FAJDIGA, GEBEI, Kovacs, Nagy
Previous matches:
14.10.2012: HC Orli Znojmo – UPC Vienna Capitals 3:4 n. V. (2:0, 1:3, 0:0, 0:1)
26.10.2012: UPC Vienna Capitals – HC Orli Znojmo 3:1 (0:0, 2:0, 1:1)

KHL Medvescak Zagreb – HC TWK Innsbruck „die Haie“ (182)
Referees: FUSSI, TRILAR, Lesniak, Loicht
Previous matches:
28.09.2012: HC TWK Innsbruck „die Haie“ – KHL Medvescak Zagreb 2:5 (0:2, 0:1, 2:2)
19.10.2012: HC TWK Innsbruck „die Haie“ – KHL Medvescak Zagreb 0:5 (0:3, 0:0, 0:2)