The home hockey players lost by the narrowest margin after the first period, but then they finished and kept increasing it. The fans present could therefore be satisfied with the first performance of the Goats at the Cologne stadium.
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Kolín had three power plays in the first part, but none of them could be used. The guests did better with their numerical advantage and captain Szathmáry gave the result of the first period with his goal. Kozlové level, Málka saved the post. Everything important happened in the second part, when Kolín ended the score at 2:1 and then added a third goal. And when he didn’t concede even once in the last third and added two goals himself thanks to Veselý, the winner was clear.
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“We knew that we wanted to attract the fans with a performance, so we fully concentrated on the match. It was an important match for us also from a psychological point of view. And we succeeded,” one of the Cologne coaches, Petr Martínek, rejoiced. “We outplayed our opponent from the start, which was the source of his mistakes, but we didn’t have the power plays. Also because we do not focus on them yet. The opponent threw off our game concept a bit, but in the second half the boys shifted to a higher level and we deservedly won. After the rest of the match, we dominated,” Martínek praised the team.
He was also pleased with the audience and the atmosphere. “We thank the audience. It was great and that’s why we play hockey. At the end, the fans applauded the entire team. I hope they liked it,” said coach Kolín.
Kolín plays the next match at home, on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. the reserves of Dynamo Pardubice. “An interesting opponent will come again. We know something about them, but above all we look at ourselves and our performance. We want to play our style,” added Martínek.
Goals and assists: 29. Ouřada (Jankovský), 30. Pajer, 39. Niko (Síla, Šedivy), 54. Veselý (Pajer), 57. Veselý (Cáp, Koukal) – 15. Szathmáry. Periods: 0:1, 3:0, 2:0.
SC Marimex Kolín: Soukup (Sajdl) – Naar, Cáp, Pinkas, Niko, Piegl, Kukla, Kolmann – Pajer, Koukal, Veselý, Sklenář, Nedvídek, Král, Jankovský, Moravec, Ouřadá, Síla, Morong, Sedivý.
HC Slavia Prague: Málek (Pittr) – Hejda, Szathmáry, Žovinec, Němeček, Barák, Klikorka – Strnad, Kern, Růžička, Všetečka, Knotek, Mrňa, Houška, Pšenička, Brož, Šíma, Labuzík, Turek.