In two days the playoff first leg of the Champions Hockey League against the Rouen Dragons will take place in Rouen for the EC Red Bull Salzburg (Wednesday, 7.30 p.m., ORF Sport +). The Red Bulls replenished their energy stores during their international break last week and are now fully focused on the first leg in France in order to work out the best possible starting position for the second leg in Salzburg a week later.
Take the momentum from the last ICE Hockey League games with you and get your best performance on the ice in Rouen, that is the motto of the Red Bulls before the CHL playoff kick-off in Rouen next Wednesday. On the last weekend before the international break, the Red Bulls scored five away points with a 5-2 win in Znojmo and a 3-2 overtime win in Klagenfurt and still had to replace many convalescent players.
Now with Dominique Heinrich, Ali Wukovits, Kilian Zündel, Lucas Thaler and Tim Harnisch, who like Paul Huber scored a goal with the Austrian national team at the tournament in Slovenia last week, new forces are on board, which gives the team an additional boost should give. Peter Schneider agrees: “Everyone came back from the break with a lot of energy, they are hungry for ice hockey and we are looking forward to the game in Rouen. We are also glad that other important players are of course back on the team and I hope that this gives us an additional push. “
The 30-year-old striker said of the Rouen Dragons: “This is a good ice hockey team, otherwise it wouldn’t be in the CHL round of 16. We don’t know the French league very well, but we will prepare very carefully for the Rouen Dragons. ”To play the game for over 60 minutes and play as well as possible. It would be nice to get a head start, but the important thing now is that we win the game at all. “
Of the current returnees in the Salzburg team, Ali Wukovits had to wait the longest for his comeback, the striker played his last game on October 2nd. “It feels good to be with the boys again. And now I’m looking forward to France. “The 25-year-old, who has already had CHL experiences with the Vienna Capitals, knows:” It’s always exciting because you usually don’t know your opponents well and other ice hockey is played. I don’t even know the French, but we’re looking forward to this ice hockey culture and a noisy hall in Rouen. “
Tomorrow, Tuesday, there will be one last training session in Salzburg, after which the team will fly straight to Rouen. Still not there are the convalescents JP Lamoureux and Peter Hochkofler – but both are training with the team again – as well as Paul Stapelfeldt. In addition, there are currently the occasional Danjo Leonhardt and Mario Huber, who also have to stay at home due to medical precautionary measures.
Champions Hockey League | Playoff round of 16
Rouen Dragons – EC Red Bull Salzburg
Wed, November 17, 2021; Rouen, 7.30 p.m. ORF Sport +
EC Red Bull Salzburg – Rouen Dragons
Wed, 11/24/21; Salzburger Eisarena, 8:20 p.m. ORF Sport +
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