The hockey players of SIJ Acroni Jesenic also won the second quarter-final match of the Alpine League. They beat Vipiteno away with 2:0.
Today, the match was tied until the beginning of the last period. None of the teams scored, and goalkeepers Jakob Rabanser at home (finally 33 saves) and Antti Karjalainen at visitors (29) did their job without mistakes.
The guests had opportunities to score in the first two periods, even with two numerical advantages, but they remained untapped, as did one home “power play”.
When it seemed that the two defenses would hold out in the last third, the visitors scored in the 46th, and it was successful Lovro Kumanović. The advantages could have been increased in the following minutes, but two more penalties remained untapped by the home side.
The Železarje, however, faced a difficult task in defending the minimal lead, as the home side also had the advantage in the end of the match. In addition, they already pulled Rabanser out of the goal more than a minute before the end and were looking for an equaliser, but to confirm the Jesenice victory, he then scored half a minute before the end to make it 2:0 Rudolfs Polcs.
In the next match on Saturday, the Slovenian hockey players will have the opportunity to get very close to the semi-finals. The fourth match will take place on Tuesday in South Tyrol, and if the Italians lower the overall result, the next match dates are March 16, 18 and 21.
QUARTERFINALS, other matches
WHIPPED – SHINE ACRONI JESENICE 0:2 0:2 (0:0, 0:0, 0:2) Kumanović 6., Polcs 20.
KITZBÜHEL – RITTEN 1:1 4:1 (0:0, 2:1, 2:0)
LUSTENAU – CORTINA 1:1 3:0 (1:0, 1:0, 1:0)
UNDERLAND – SALZBURG YOUNG 0:2 * 4:5 (0:2, 2:2, 2:0) * – in extra time
Win status in bold. They are playing for four wins. The third matches will be on Saturday.