Red Bull Salzburg is very close to winning the ice hockey league for the seventh time in club history. The winner of the regular season defeated Fehervar 2:1 (0:0,1:1,1:0) in the third game of the ICE Hockey League’s best-of-seven final series on Saturday evening, making it 3:0 . Salzburg won their eleventh play-off game this season and already have their first match puck on Hungarian soil on Monday (7:45 p.m.).
Duel number three followed seamlessly from the two performances before. As in the first game in the Salzburg Eisarena, which the home side decided 2-1 after the second overtime, it smelled like a draw after regular time this time too. However, Jan-Mikael Järvinen had something against it and became the match winner with 96 seconds to go and caused a collective cheer in the hall.
“In the beginning we were a bit nervous and acted too carelessly. In the last third we showed our true colors and deservedly scored the winning goal,” said Järvinen in the Puls24 interview. A strong team performance was decisive. Achieving the decisive goal was a “really great” feeling. Salzburg goalie Atte Tolvanen also played a major part in the success, saving his team from the sustained equalizer with a save from a shot by Istvan Terbocs a second before the end.
In the final section it was a performance-based draw. In a really good and very balanced first period, only the goals are missing. Then Gleason Fournier (26th) put the Hungarians in front after a nice pass from Alexander Petan. Thomas Raffl (39′) equalized with a powerful, high shot into the near corner. The 20th goal of the season was a very important one for him.
Now it’s back to Szekesfehervar, where Salzburg recently took home a 5-3 win. Everything is also set to end the league with a perfect post-season. But even in the event of a defeat, the “Bulls” would have three more chances to secure the title.