Salzburg’s winning streak of five games in a row just broke against league leaders Laibach in a penalty shootout.
It was a strange starting situation, but it was still the best teams in the league at the moment. Newcomers Laibach showed with a somewhat lucky 3-2 after a penalty shoot-out in the Salzburg Volksgarten why they have so far been successful in the league: With an unbelievable willingness to run, fighting spirit and heart, you can also survive in Salzburg. In a furious final third, Salzburg had the decision on the racket several times, so the latest winning streak ended.
The 0: 2 was previously a reflection of the whole game: First, Ty Loney brought the puck from a very short distance from a Salzburg man, as Kalan was also credited with the goal. After that, the attacking efforts of Salzburg became even more violent, Paul Huber also had bad luck with a pole shot (35th). The gate seemed to be boarded up at the time …
How easy it can be is shown in the final third: Thomas Raffl drove through to the right, ideal for Peter Schneider and he scored to 1: 2. 69 seconds later they equalized: Laibach couldn’t control the target, Paul Huber grabbed the play equipment and this time was more lucky than in the middle third. And less than three minutes later the referees decided on a penalty after being hindered – but only Jan-Mikael Järvinen failed against the excellent guest keeper Zan Us. Again Huber (52nd), TJ Brennan (56th), Raffl (57th) had great chances – each of them was called Us. After goalless overtime, a penalty shoot-out had to decide – the two goalkeepers first grow beyond themselves, only the 13th penalty that evening found its way into the goal. Ironically, the former Salzburg farm team player Gregor Koblar scored for Laibach, on the other hand TJ Brennan forgave.
“We were able to create a lot of chances, especially from the middle of the second third, normally we score two or three more goals. In the penalty shootout, it’s a matter of luck,” said goal scorer Paul Huber, one of the strongest Salzburg players that evening.