Seven failures but an important comeback at Red Bull Salzburg! – Hockey-News.info
Tomorrow, Wednesday, the EC Red Bull Salzburg will play the second leg in the playoff round of 16 of the Champions Hockey League against the Rouen Dragons (20:20, ORF Sport +). The Red Bulls lost 3-0 in Rouen last week, but still want to turn the round of 16 in their favor at home.
The disappointment was great after the defeat in Rouen last Wednesday. In a game in which Salzburg felt they were the better team; more target possession, more shots on goal, more blocked shots. Nevertheless, the French won 3-0 in the end, which the Red Bulls now have to make up for. The task is far from easy; In regular time you win by at least three goals to get extra time. With a fourth goal more than Rouen – can then also have fallen in extra time – they would reach the quarter-finals.
The Red Bulls accept the challenge and want to make the seemingly impossible possible. The Rouen Dragons have their qualities, but at the Red Bulls a lot of things didn’t go according to plan in the first leg and the boys want to correct that. They showed how it works with the second victories on Friday against Ljubljana (7: 2) and last Sunday against Graz (2: 0) in the ICE Hockey League.
Striker Paul Huber: “We are convinced that we can beat Rouen. We just have to act like we did in the last two games of the ICE Hockey League; just play, play fast, play hard, don’t make any stupid mistakes in the neutral zone and give away the disc. Then it is also possible to catch up three goals. We try not to have the ‘must’ in mind too much, but rather to focus on our game. If we go through with this and always bring the disc and our players in front of the goal, we’ll win the game. “
Defender Kilian Zündel: “The tension is definitely there. But we are well prepared, have analyzed all the mistakes and have shown in the past that we can win games with more than three goals difference or even catch up with arrears. We can’t let the French come to their transition game. We have to bring the disc deep, apply pressure and just play aggressively. “
There is little relief in the personnel area. The Red Bulls have to master the task without convalescents Thomas Raffl, JP Lamoureux, Peter Hochkofler, Danjo Leonhardt, Mario Huber, Nicolas Wieser and Aljaž Predan. Ty Loney, who recently did not play against Graz, is fit again. In goal, the Red Bulls continue to rely on Atte Tolvanen, who is 27 years old today. The Finn has played in the last 16 league games as well as in Rouen in the CHL and is the second best league goalkeeper with a catch rate of 93.5%. He celebrated three of his four ICE shutouts in the Salzburg ice arena.
Due to the pandemic, viewers are not allowed, the game will be broadcast live on ORF Sport +.
Champions Hockey League | Playoff round of 16
EC Red Bull Salzburg – Rouen Dragons
Wed, 11/24/21; Salzburg ice arena, 8:20 p.m.
ORF Sport +
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