First the international break, then the (corona-related) postponements – the Haie have not had a game in their legs for almost four weeks.
But not only the missing matches presented HC TIWAG Innsbruck head coach Mitch O’Keefe with challenges: “The break was not easy for us. We haven’t actually trained at all for three weeks, only once since the last game in early November have all the boys been together on the ice. Not ideal, especially because we were in a good mood before the break, ”says the coach.
But he immediately adds positively: “We will face the whole thing, as a team, as a community. We will make mistakes, Klagenfurt and Salzburg are top teams, but I am convinced that we will not give up an inch and that as a team we will have a great fight. “
Before the Sharks’ game on Sunday in Salzburg, the EC-KAC will make a guest appearance in the TIWAG Arena tomorrow. For Die Tiroler it is the fourth and last duel with the record champions in the regular season. The first two went to the Carinthians, but the last meeting in Klagenfurt at the end of October went 4: 1 to the Haie. Since then, the KAC has caught up in the league, won 5 of the last 7 games and recently celebrated 4 wins in a row. An opponent with a lot of self-confidence is waiting for the Tyroleans, plus, as usual with the KAC, there is a lot of quality in the squad.
The lack of fans at this top game particularly hurts Mitch O’Keefe: “It hurts a lot that we don’t have our seventh husband on the ice. The fans have been incredible so far this season and have given us additional push. Now it’s up to us to give them something back via TV. “
Haie against KAC live on Puls 24
Despite the lockdown, fans can watch the game between HC TIWAG Innsbruck and EC-KAC live. Puls 24 will be broadcast live from 7.10 p.m. on free TV and live stream.
HC TIWAG Innsbruck-Die Haie – EC-KAC (live on Puls 24)
Friday, December 3rd, 2021 – 7.30 p.m. – TIWAG Arena