In the traditional red-white-red duel between defending champions KAC and the Vienna Capitals, the Viennese won 2-0 in Klagenfurt. Without losing points, Fehervar is still the leader of the table after a 6-3 win in Dornbirn.
RB Salzurg wins against Pustertal Wölfe
RB Salzburg won the home premiere of the Pustertal Wolves 4-3 after extra time. The Black Wings Linz also lost their fifth game, but got at least their second point in a 3: 4 n. V. against the new table wide HCB Südtirol. Olimpija Ljubljana was also defeated at home by the Innsbrucker Haien 3-4 after extra time. The Graz99ers went into Znojmo in the final third, took seven hits and were outclassed 3: 9.
Caps trainer Dave Barr gave Bernhard Starkbaum preference in goal, although Stefan Steen had convinced the shutout on his debut last weekend with one. The former NHL coach showed a good sense. The experienced goalkeeper became the match winner of the Viennese with many decisive parades in the Klagenfurt Stadthalle, in which the Caps had conceded a 5-0 debacle in the first round. In the end, Starkbaum celebrates a shutout with 29 saved shots on goal.
The KAC mainly cleared the game, only in the end the red jackets revealed deficiencies. In the first power play, Nik Petersen missed the empty goal, Rok Ticar failed due to Starkbaum (12th), in the middle third Thomas Hundertpfund (23rd), Ticar (27th) and Johannes Bischofberger (28th) gave the best shot opportunities. It was soon to take revenge. In his second game in the ICE, Luke Moncada turned the game upside down with his first goal (35th).
2,800 fans cheer on Carinthians
Cheered on by 2,800 fans, the Carinthians fought against the third in a row in the final third. But Thomas Koch only hit the bar (49th), a power play remained unused, before Nicolai Meyer fixed the away win of the Viennese eight seconds before the end with a shot into the empty goal.
“We were really good. Your goalkeeper was really strong, but we made him strong too. With the chances we might have to win today,” said KAC coach Petri Matikainen in an interview with Puls24. The Capitals celebrated their second success after three defeats at the start of the season and announced a further reinforcement with the Canadian striker Joel Lowry.
Salzburg decides the game in overtime
Fehervar is looking forward to a new club record at the start of the season with his fifth win. Dornbirn was twice in the lead, with three goals between the 26th and 30th minute to a 4-2 lead, the Hungarians turned the game in their favor. Salzburg made up a 3-1 deficit against Pustertal in the final third, while TJ Brennan decided the game with his third goal in overtime.
After the first win of the season, the Graz team wanted to improve in Znojmo and also played two strong thirds. The Styrians gambled away a 2-0, but went with a 3-2 lead in the final third, in which everything was gambled away right at the beginning. With three goals within 52 seconds, Znojmo shot forward decisively, after all, the Czechs gave the guests seven goals in the final section.
VSV against Bratislava Capitals postponed
The VSV’s guest appearance at the Bratislava Capitals had been postponed due to positive Covid tests with the Slovaks. For the same reason, the Sunday game between Bratislava and HCB Südtirol will not take place.