The first two weeks of the bet-home ICE Hockey League have already been completed and the program for EC Red Bull Salzburg will now be much more intense, including the games in the Champions Hockey League. On Friday the Red Bulls will play the away game against HC Pustertal Wölfe (7.45pm) and the next day the home game against the current league leaders Hydro Fehérvár AV19 (Saturday, 7.15pm). From next week, three games per week are on the schedule for the whole of October, starting on Tuesday with the CHL home game against HCB Südtirol Alperia.
When the Red Bulls meet HC Pustertal Wölfe in Bruneck on Friday, it will not only be the first encounter between both teams, but also the first game of the Pustertal in their new ice arena, the 3,100-seat Intercable Arena (due to the current restrictions currently only 1,085 people are admitted). The Red Bulls are also visiting the newcomer to the league in Bruneck for the opening of the hall and want to make a strong impression right away.
It will need that, because at the moment the Pustertaler with 9th place and 6 points are direct neighbors of the Red Bulls, who also rank 8th with 6 points. The team of the experienced coach Luciano Basile, who has been wielding the coaching scepter in Bruneck since last season, won 3-2 right at the start of the season in Bratislava and 3-2 a week later in Villach. Remove the wolves from Székesfehérvár and last Sunday from Graz without points.
Your most successful striker Johan Harju has scored 3 goals and 4 assists in the first 4 games. The 35-year-old Swede has been in the SHL for eight years (Brynäs IF and Luleå HF) and has won two World Championships bronze with Sweden. The Italo-Canadian Anthony Bardaro, who is moving to Bruneck in the summer and is the second best scorer of the wolves with one goal and 4 assists, is already known from Bolzano times.
Salzburg defender Vincent LoVerde with a view of the game in Bruneck: “You are playing in your new home arena for the first time and will be motivated to get started. We will prepare for a team that plays hard and will give everything with their spectators behind them. “(Pronunciation: Vincent LoVerde)
Defender Paul Stapelfeldt knows the Val Pusteria from many AHL encounters in recent years: “They are very snappy and play more defensively oriented. In defense, they pull together in front of the goal, so we have to be patient. We don’t have to decide the game in the first or second period. I think if we follow through with our system, goals will die for us sooner or later. “
The Red Bulls are traveling to Bruneck today and when, in addition to JP Lamoureux, they will also cope with the injury-related losses of Lukas Schreier and Ty Loney (both upper bodies). The new goalkeeper Atte Tolvanen as well as Paul Stapelfeldt and Tim Harnisch, who recently died in the AHL, are going on the journey.
Saturday at home against the league leaders
On the following Saturday, the Red Bulls face the current surprise team from Hungary, which have won the first four games and are at the top of the table with 12 points. Hydro Fehérvár AV19 can continue to build on many of the pillars of the previous season and has installed a new coach in Kevin Constantine, who apparently has adjusted the team well to one another. The 62-year-old American has worked for three years in the top Swiss league at HC Ambrì-Piotta and three years in Seoul (South Korea) in the Asia League as head coach. Last season he finished in Poland’s top league at Unia Oswiecim in the coaching bench.
bet-at-home ICE Hockey League
HC Pustertal Wölfe – EC Red Bull Salzburg
Fri, October 1, 2021; Brunico, 7:45 p.m.
bet-at-home ICE Hockey League
EC Red Bull Salzburg – Hydro Fehérvár AV19
Sat, October 2, 2021; Salzburg Ice Arena, 7:15 p.m.
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