The round of 16 of the Champions Hockey League is getting closer and closer; On Wednesday, November 17 (7:30 p.m., ORF Sport +), the Red Bulls will contest the first leg in Rouen and want a good basis for the second leg in France a week later on November 24 in Salzburg (8:20 p.m., ORF Sport +) legend. Salzburg’s training is now fully coordinated with this duel, which is also the Red Bulls’ first game after the international break.
At the draw on October 15, the Red Bulls experienced almost a bit of déjà vu, as they met these opponents when they last participated in the CHL three years ago and ended up dying until they reached the semi-finals and to date best CHL season for the Red Bulls. The successful run at that time began with the duel against the Rouen Dragons; Back then, too, the Red Bulls first played in Rouen, with a 3: 3 draw laid the foundation for the subsequent promotion to the quarter-finals, which was sealed with a 5-1 home win a week later.
What looked relatively clear in the end, but it was hard work, because in Rouen the ‘dragons’ in their home hall, the Île Lacroix with a capacity of 2,750 spectators, were cheered on frenetically and were now 3-2, which the Red Bulls finally still led could compensate. The squads of both teams have of course changed in the last three years, but some Red Bulls players – Dominique Heinrich, Thomas Raffl (only played in the second leg), Mario Huber, Peter Hochkofler, Alexander Pallestrang and Florian Baltram – still have vivid memories a the duel.
“I can still remember it well. The atmosphere in the hall in Rouen was really good, ”remembers Heinrich. “You were very hungry back then and really good at ice skating. It was two really close and exciting duels. I’m looking forward to the party in Rouen again. “
Heinrich also expects the upcoming two round of 16 games to be anything but a walk in the park: “You have some players in your ranks who we know from our league. They played in Linz or Vienna. I think it will be a tough duel this year as well. But we look forward to the task. The Champions Hockey League is always something special. For me anyway, especially since I’m finally really fit again. “
DRAGONS BECOME STRONGER
In their last CHL season 2018/19, the French reached the round of 16, in which they were eliminated against Salzburg. In the French championship, the Ligue Magnus, the Rouen Dragons have fought their way up from midfield of the 12er Liga to third place in the last few rounds. They recently had a remarkable winning streak of eight games (!) And were only stopped last Saturday at home in the last game before the international break with a 0: 3 against GAP.
In the lineup of the French champions there is also a reunion with the former Salzburg defender Mark Flood as well as Kelsey Tessier (Vienna) and Marc-André Dorion (Vienna and Linz). The 30-year-old Canadian David Gilbert, who stands out as a goalscorer with nine goals in 12 games at the Rouen Dragons, should be particularly on the screen.
CHL PLAYOFF MODE
The round of 16 will be played in a return match. The team with the better overall result from both games will advance to the quarter-finals. The first game ends even if there is a tie after 60 minutes. A 10-minute extra time (3 vs. 3) and a possible penalty shoot-out (5 penalties per team, then until the decision) can only be given after the second game, if the total result of both games is undecided after 60 minutes. If a team wins the first game and the second game ends in a draw, there is no overtime, as the overall result clearly speaks for the winner of the first game.
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