Salzburg is in the final again after the overtime win against Bozen

EC Red Bull Salzburg can continue to dream of hat-tricks in the league. The last champion advanced to the final of the ICE Hockey League with a score of 3:2 nV (1:0,0:1,1:1) against HCB S├╝dtirol in the seventh game of the semi-finals. In the Volksgarten, which was sold out with 3,400 spectators, Nicolai Meyer made his decision after 1.59 minutes of extra time on Tuesday. Salzburg and KAC will face each other in the final series and the first match will be played in Klagenfurt on Friday (19.30/live Puls24).

Meyer, who scored the winning goal in last year’s final victory against Bozen, sent the puck into the net with a slight deflection after a successful forecheck in Salzburg. The last duel with KAC for the championship title was 13 years ago. In 2011, Salzburg won the series 4:3; Two years ago, Austria’s record champion in Carinthia won 4:3.

Salzburg got off to a fast start in the fourth play-off match, which was played at full distance between the two teams. The champion created more chances but had to be alert. South Tyrol’s forecheck was almost worth it, Luca Frigo entered the bar. Salzburg also put the metal to the metal at the end of the first third through Ryan Murphy, before Lucas Thaler (20th) capitalized on Florian Baltram’s goal deep in the opposition third to make it 1-0 13 seconds before the siren. Returning for the decider, Bozen defender Scott Valentine made a mistake.

Less than a minute after the restart, Bozen weakened again. Mike Halmo tackled Chay Genoway too hard from behind and the HCB attacker received a match suspension for this. However, Salzburg could not convert its 5-minute advantage into another goal. Leaving a trail of blood behind him as he left the locker room, Genoway later returned to the match with a stitch on his forehead.

While Salzburg continued to protect Bozen goalkeeper Sam Harvey with shots, the “Foxes” were ready with the answer: Canadian Cristiano DiGiacinto (34th) took the rebound and made the score 1-1. The aim of the equalizer was to energize the South Tyroleans; They were now acting much more strongly in attack. But for Salzburg, the parade featuring Peter Schneider, Benjamin Nissner and Thomas Raffl did not progress well.

Salzburg head coach Oliver David saw how his team missed its third power play chance in the final third. For the home team, Thaler had to go to the penalty area to continue sticking, while DiGiacinto narrowly missed his second goal of the night. Bolzano maintained its superiority. After Ali Wukovits missed the target, the guest team made a counter-attack and Frigo (52nd) completed the goal. Salzburg floundered, but only briefly. After 83 seconds, Troy Bourke (54′) converted Tyler Lewington’s shot towards the goal, making the score 2-2. Murphy almost made it 3-2. The decision ultimately had to be made in overtime.


Source: Vienna

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