With the 4: 0 in the first leg, the “Rojtacken” set an exclamation point. It was also an international highlight. Now it is time to capitalize on it. But the result of the first meeting has to be ignored. Experienced Thomas Koch knows that too: “” We know very well that there is another hard piece of work ahead of us. ” Who, if not he, could report something about the upcoming “witch’s donkey” in Sweden. From 2006-2008 he played for Lulea. The arena only has 7650 spectators. However, often more people come to the games than the town has residents.
“Leksand has one of the greatest histories in Sweden,” said Koch. Most recently, the Swedish champions from 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1975 saw some setbacks. The last five competitive games were all lost, in the league Leksand slipped to fourth place in the table. Nevertheless, Koch praised the opponent as being very talented in terms of technology and ice skating. “The level is extremely high. That is a nice pace that they are driving. “
In the first leg, the Carinthians knew how to convince with a defensively strong performance and an equally strong efficiency. Johannes Bischofberger, who was a double goal scorer in the first leg, cannot make the day’s trip to Sweden as well as numerous other regulars due to injury. “We have a bit of a thin lineup, but those who get the chance will get in and give everything so that we can still achieve something there,” assured Koch.
The dress rehearsal succeeded the record champions on Sunday with a 2-0 home win in the ICE league against Znojmo. Already troubled HOW MUCH-Trainer Petri Matikainen the personnel worries. “Our lineup is getting shorter and shorter, but we just march on and on,” said the Finn afterwards. “We’re not looking for excuses, we just play our game, show what character we have.”
This should also work in Sweden. Of the HOW MUCH arrives on game day by charter – and returns immediately after the game. For the promotion, the red jackets would in their first CHL quarter-finals on 7/8. and December 14th will most likely be rewarded with two more duels with a Swedish top team.