Red Bull Salzburg and Fehervar were the first teams in the ICE Hockey League to make it into the semi-finals. On Tuesday, Salzburg won 1-0 in Znojmo and also won the fourth game in the “best of seven” series. The Bulls are in the semi-finals for the ninth time in a row. Fehervar also managed a “sweep”, winning 5:4 at the Pustertal Wolves after being 3-0 down. The Hungarians, who joined in 2007, won a play-off series for the first time.
The Vienna Capitals and VSV were able to win “match pucks” in front of their own audience. The Viennese The Viennese defeated the KAC 3:2 in Klagenfurt and lead in the series with 3:1. VSV also took a 3-1 lead with a 5-2 win at Olimpija Ljubljana and, like the Caps, can secure promotion on Friday.
After the “sweep” (promotion in four games), Salzburg can gather strength to grab their first league title in six years. The winner of the regular season started the game at high speed and took the lead after 77 seconds with a shot deflected by Jan-Mikael Järvinen. The momentum of the title favorites did not falter after that, but the outstanding Znojmo goalkeeper Pavel Kantor could not be defeated.
The Czechs only got into the game well in the final third and fought towards the end of the season, but Salzburg goalkeeper JP Lamoureux was also a safe backup.
After the second home defeat against the Vienna Capitals, champions KAC have their backs to the wall. As in the three previous games, the Carinthians took the lead, Paul Postma scored with a double advantage (8th). The guests put away the deficit again and responded with a brace from Charles Dodero (15th) and Brody Sutter (16th).
After a while it got ugly. After Dodero checked Steven Strong, the KAC defender lay unconscious. Strong was taken to the hospital, Dodero received a game suspension. Lukas Haudum used the following power play to equalize eight seconds before the first break. In the finish, however, the caps struck again. Matt Bradley (51st) shot the Viennese to victory.
After the third win in a row, VSV has three games to reach the semi-finals for the first time in six years. The Villachers were 3-0 ahead in Ljubljana through Scott Kosmachuk (9th/PP), Renars Krastenbergs (17th) and Felix Maxa (23rd), but the Slovenians managed to catch up by the 38th minute. Krastenbergs (46th), with two goals and two assists man of the evening, and Rick Schofield (56th) made everything clear.