Austria’s ice hockey is no longer represented in the quarter-finals of the Ice Hockey Champions League. Red Bull Salzburg missed promotion in the second leg of the last 16 on Wednesday despite a furious race to catch up after the 3-0 defeat in the first leg. The Bulls defeated the French 3-1 thanks to two hits and an assist from Thomas Raffl and a goal from Jan-Mikael Järvinen. Dylan Yeo made a decisive goal for the guests in minute 55 for the ascent.
The match went completely different from the beginning than a week ago in Rouen. Salzburg were the superior team, even if it took up to 16 minutes in the first two sections of the game before a goal field. Thomas Raffl (16th and 36th) was the host’s man with two goals and one assist for Jan-Mikael Järvinen (50th). But Yeo interrupted the Salzburg river with the first hit from the wrist to make it 1: 3 and made the match even more exciting just five minutes before the end.
“The difference is in the first game. We weren’t good enough there to win, and that cost us too much for today, ”said coach Matt McIlvane, analyzing the game in an interview with ORF. “We played a lot better offensively today. But I want to congratulate Rouen, they deserve promotion. We fought well. “
He did not want to accept the lack of fans because of the lockdown as excuses. Of course, McIlvane is not satisfied with the CHL season. “No, it is not our goal that it should end here. Bad performance and that’s the result. We had high hopes, I am only satisfied with today’s mission. “
The day before, the Austrian record champions KAC had clearly failed after a 1: 8 defeat away from home despite a 4-0 lead after the home game against the four-time Swedish champions Leksands IF.
Result CHL round of 16 – second leg: Red Bull Salzburg – Rouen Dragons (FRA) 3: 1 (1: 0.1: 0.1: 1). Goals: Raffl (16th PP / 36th), Järvinen (50th) and Yeo (55th) – first leg: 0: 3. Rouen continued with a total score of 4: 3.