HCB goalie Kevin Boyle made a good game. © AlexPauli Photography / Alexander Pauli
Exactly two weeks ago, HCB Südtirol Alperia played its last championship game and won against Graz. After that there was a corona cluster, including two defeats at the green table. The foxes returned to the ice in Innsbruck on Tuesday evening.
February 15, 2022
The Tyrolean derby between the two provincial capitals is on the program. North against South, Innsbruck against Bolzano. In the end, the Haie had the better end for themselves. Timothy McGauley and Nico Feldner kept their cool in the penalty shoot-out while Brett Findlay and Angelo Miceli missed. This left the Foxes with a point from their 3-3 regular-time draw.
The Bozner was the long time without game practice to note. Many players, including the entire defense, were only on ice for the first time in two weeks on Monday afternoon. Previously, those HCB cracks who were suffering from Corona had to pass medical tests. Innsbruck were not outstanding opponents, but the North Tyroleans were there at the right moments. The HCB acted with great effort and at times also obligingly, but it lacked the penetrating power. Defensively, the Foxes made (too) simple mistakes, such as before the 3:2, which was preceded by a momentous puck loss in their own third.
Dan Catenacci made sure that HCB took at least one point from Innsbruck. © AlexPauli Photography / Alexander Pauli
After the defeat in Innsbruck, Bolzano has to fight more than ever for direct qualification for the playoffs. It remains to be seen how the appeal against the two defeats at the Green Table will be dealt with. For the North Tyroleans, on the other hand, it was the game of the last chance. With the two points scored, Innsbruck has a mini-chance on the pre-playoffs.
The highlights at a glance
|Cold shower||Bolzano starts well after the long break, but Innsbruck takes the lead. Messner caught Boyle between the beautiful ones (5th).|
|double whammy||The HCB reverses the result in the middle of the starting period. First Insam is successful with his 3rd goal of the season (12th), then Miceli makes it 2:1 (16th) after going it alone – and a weak positioning of the HCI goalie.|
|compensation||Middle third collects many penalties. One of them leads to McGauley conceding a goal to make it 2-2 (36′). Subsequently, Boyle excels on multiple occasions and avoids the HCB backlog.|
|slugfest||In the final third Innsbruck takes the lead again after a simple HCB puck loss. But the Foxes hit back with Catenacci sinking a rebound (55′). Previously, Trivellato was unlucky on the power play when he only hit the post from a distance (53′).|
|penalties shoot||After an intense but goalless 3v3 overtime, the match went to a penalty shootout. Innsbruck scores twice, HCB does not.|
HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck – HCB Südtirol Alperia 4:3 nP
HCl: McCollum (Swette); Bourque-Messner, Betker-Lattner, Boruta-Jakubitzka, Lupinski; Dostie-McGauley-Magwood, Feldner-Huntebrinker-Leavens, Paulweber-Mader-Ulmer, Bär-Ludin-Muigg
HCB: Boyle (Fazio); Maione-Plastino, Trivellato-Lowe, DeHaas-Insam, Parini; Halmo-Catenacci-Miceli, Frank-Findlay-Gazley, Frigo-Bernard-Glück, Ciampini-Alberga-Mizzi.
Crack: 1-0 Messner (5.32), 1-1 Insam (12.12), 1-2 Miceli (15.09), 2-2 McGauley (35.22), 3-2 Leavens (51.00), 3:3 Catenacci (54.13)
Decisive penalty: McGauley
The other results
Linz – Znojmo 1:3
1-0 Bortnak (5.52), 1-1 Zubov (19.15), 1-2 Svoboda (22.34), 1-3 Gorcik (58.00)
Ljubljana – Klagenfurt 1:0
1-0 Stebih (11.09)
Graz – Vienna 0:2
Bradley 0-1 (47.26), Bradley 0-2 (59.44)
Villach – Puster Valley
The table of the ICE Hockey League.