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EC Red Bull Salzburg will play two away games in the bet-at-home ICE Hockey League next weekend and will enter thereby – at least temporarily limited to this season – new territory. On Friday we go to Villach (7:30 p.m., pulse 24) and on Sunday to Dornbirn (5:30 p.m.). The Red Bulls have only played against both teams at home so far.
The schedule of the bet-at-home ICE Hockey League means that the Red Bulls will have to face the Blue and Whites away from home for the first time this season when they play in Villach tomorrow. The same is repeated on Sunday, Salzburg have already played two home games against Dornbirn, but have not yet been in the country this year.
And these away games are always tough. Especially in Villach, where the home team is usually loudly supported and pushed by a blue and white fan wall. But even in times when not so many spectators are allowed in the stadiums – at least 2,000 fans are allowed in the Villach Stadthalle – the Red Bulls in Villach have to wrap up warm, because the currently 6th-placed VSV is fighting to stay among the best six teams to avoid the pre-playoff and needs every point to do so.
The Red Bulls still want to play to their strengths and also score points in Villach when they meet up for the third time with some ex-Salzburgers like John Hughes – with 13 goals and 23 assists the best player in Villach -, Derek Joslin or Alexander Rauchenwald. Knowing full well that the Adler all won their last home games against Ljubljana, Bozen and Klagenfurt (end of December and beginning of January respectively). The Red Bulls won the first two season comparisons with VSV last October at home 4:3 and 5:2.
Salzburg striker Benjamin Nissner therefore expects “a difficult game again. It has always been difficult to survive in Villach in recent years. On top of that, they will be upset after the recent bitter defeat at KAC and are now all the more eager to make amends. We will prepare diligently for this, but we still want to try to impose our game on them.”
Tomorrow Ali Wukovits will be there again, who played his last game on January 2nd and is now 100% fit again after a long absence due to Corona. Ty Loney could also come back, but the decision won’t be made until tomorrow. Lucas Thaler and Atte Tolvanen, who are convalescent, also have to wait. The season is already over for Lukas Schreier. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown live on Puls 24.
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EC GRAND Immo VSV – EC Red Bull Salzburg
Fri, 01/28/2022; Villach, 7:30 p.m
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