For EC Red Bull Salzburg, after the game in Graz in the bet-at-home ICE Hockey League, the next away trip is on the agenda. Salzburg have to compete in Znojmo for the first time this season. The Red Bulls have seen their first slight relief in the squad after a long time.
It was easy to believe it when the penalty shoot-out was back in Graz. For the sixth time in a row – starting with the last CHL group game on October 12th in Bolzano – the Red Bulls are likely to add the extra shift in a competitive game. Twice the decision in overtime, four times after penalty shootout. For seven games, the Red Bulls have also been badly shaken by a series of injuries, but they are holding up with a very young team, half of which are made up of players from the Red Bull Ice Hockey Academy who only joined the professional team in the summer or who are now getting their first missions , still fourth in the table.
One of these boys is Danjo Leonhardt. The 19-year-old striker has played all but one game of the CHL and ICE Hockey League this season and stands out with his fast and ‘fearless’ style of play. “We want to finally get three points again, and preferably tomorrow in Znojmo,” says the German, who has been trained at the Red Bull Ice Hockey Academy for the last three years.
Leonhardt doesn’t worry too much about the current difficult situation in the squad: “We’ll take it as it comes. I try to implement the coach’s instructions, take on the role of the elderly and help the team. I have a lot of Ice Age at the moment, which I really like. ”The expectation of Znojmo? So far, the striker, who has already scored four times in the current competitive games (CHL and ICE), has not had any experience with the Czechs: “Czech ice hockey is always tough, sometimes a little bit of ‘hacking around’. We are preparing for that. “
Thomas Raffl, who played his last game against Fehérvár AV19 on October 2, before he had to go into quarantine, can finally help the team again. Now the captain is fully fit again and highly motivated: “I’m back exactly where I wanted to be and I’m happy to finally be able to get back into the game.” The 35-year-old veteran doesn’t want to be surprised at his comeback against Tesla Orli Znojmo Lassen, after it was the first meeting of the season with the sixth in the table: “In the current regular season, a lot of unexpected things have happened so far. That means you have to be ready against every team. “
In addition to returnees Thomas Raffl, defender Alexander Pallestrang will also make his comeback after three weeks in Znojmo. Paul Huber, who had to sit out the last two games due to illness, could also be back.
This means that ‘only’ the convalescents JP Lamoureux, Ty Loney, Lukas Schreier, Dominique Heinrich, Ali Wukovits, Peter Hochkofler and Tim Harnisch are missing. The occasional Kilian Zündel also did not get into the team bus.
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