After EC Red Bull Salzburg’s 3-2 overtime win over KAC, Matt McIlvane, Head Coach of the Bulls, is very satisfied with the performance of his team.
Despite the rapid 2-0 deficit due to Thomas Hundertpfund’s double, the team has recovered emotionally. “We fought our way back with two goals and showed our character. We deserved this win,” said McIlvane after the match.
The Canadian suffered in the early stages with his players, who exerted a lot of pressure. “We fired 10-3 shots on goal, but the KAC scored with their first chance. Then we also denied a goal (due to a goalkeeper’s handicap, note).”
However, the 36-year-old cannot complain, his goalkeeper Atte Tolvanen a penalty against Matt Fraser. After the bulls had scored the next goal a few minutes earlier by Jakub Borzecki, who took advantage of a Klagenfurt target, it could have been 3: 1 for the red jackets at this point.
Instead, Benjamin Nissner scored 2-2 for Salzburg in the next minute. A fact that KAC head coach Petri Matikainen didn’t like at all: “Unfortunately, we gave Salzburg two easy goals in the second period.”
KAC is proud of its fighting performance
They let Salzburg come into play in this phase, so KAC double goalscorer Hundertpfund. In the last section, the people of Klagenfurt came under enormous pressure again, which is why the 31-year-old was not unhappy about moving in overtime.
It is a shame that one lost in this due to the game winner by TJ Brennan. “But we can look back on our fighting performance very positively, playfully when we can improve,” said Hundertpfund.
“We played very well with the lineup available to us,” said Matikainen, emphasizing the positive. Many youngsters like Maximilian Theirich were sent out onto the ice by the Carinthians. For the 18-year-old, who otherwise works in the Future Team of the KAC in the Alps Hockey League, it was the first appearance in the ICE.
Despite the circumstances in this difficult game, they did not give up. “It’s a shame that we lost a player in Kele Steffler, but we will continue because that is never an excuse not to fight,” said Matikainen.
Hard work for the CHL
Due to the international break, both teams now have a few days off. The teams will not play their next games as part of the ICE Hockey League, but in the round of 16 of the Champions Hockey League.
The KAC will meet Leksands IF on November 16, Salzburg will duel with the Rouen Dragons one day later. The red jackets want to use the time until then to improve. “We want to regenerate well and then work hard again so that we are then fit for the Champions Hockey League game,” continues Hundertpfund.
In the domestic league, the Klagenfurt team will continue on November 19 with an away game against Black Wings Linz. The Salzburg When & on this day to the current table leader from Ljubljana.
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