The hockey players of SŽ Olimpija defeated Vienna away from home in the 2nd round of the IceHL League. After already losing 0:2, in the last third they filled the opponent’s net and celebrated with 5:2.
On Friday, the people of Ljubljana lost in the opening round against Linz after extra time with 2:3. They showed a very good performance in the second half hour and would have deserved another point, but the brilliant Brian Lebler decided in extra time. In the Albert Schultz hall in Vienna, the dragons have shone many times. Last year, they won both games after regular time, and captain Žiga Pavlin already said after Friday’s game that he was confident of three points in the first away game of the new season.
Tičar passed for the Capitals’ second goalHowever, it appeared that the points would remain in the Austrian capital. The Viennese took the lead already in the 5th minute of the match, when he scored after a pass from Hampus Eriksson Lukas Kainz. They also shook the net in the 5th minute of the second period, passing for a goal Nikolaus Hartl also contributed Rok Tičar.
The devotee gave hope after half an hourBut the people of Ljubljana didn’t just give up, they started an incredible turnaround in the middle of the second period. First, he cut the gap in half Aljaž Devoted, who wore the jersey of the Red Bulls from Salzburg in recent years. After a pass from Jake Sodja, he coolly shot goalkeeper Stefan Steen.
Many exclusions fatal for the hostsAnd then the non-series final third, in which the dragons filled the home net to the brim. Referees Tomas Hronsky and Stefan Siegel regularly sent the hosts to the penalty bench. The people of Ljubljana scored the next two goals in a game with more players after suspensions Mario Fischer for stumbling and Hampus for the high stick. He took advantage of the first “power play” in the 43rd minute Maris Bičevskissecond after a nice combination 19-year-old Marcel Mahkovecwho also decided the match.
Kapel and Gooch confirmed the winThe game then calmed down a bit, the people of Vienna were in shock, they did not manage to repeat the performance from the opening third, on the other side he increased to +2 just under five minutes before the final siren Rok Kapel. Trevor Gooch he only confirmed Olimpija’s victory in the 57th minute with a shot into an empty net.
After ten months, it’s time to win in TivoliIn the 3rd round, the people of Ljubljana will visit Graz on Friday, and then Innsbruck will come to Tivoli on Saturday at 18:00. Coach Antti Karhula has not yet enjoyed a victory at Celovška 25, the last time Olimpija celebrated in front of their home crowd was on December 2 last year.
VIENNA – SŽ OLYMPIA 2:5 (1:0, 1:1, 0:4) 4350; Kainz 5th, Hartl 25th; Predan 32nd, Bičevskis 43rd, Mahkovec 44th, Kapel 56th, Gooch 57th.
BOLZANO – FEHERVAR 1:3 (1:0, 0:0, 0:3)
SALZBURG – GRADEC * 4:3 (0:1, 1:1, 2:1)* – in extra time
VORARLBERG – ASIAGO 2:0 (1:0, 1:0, 0:0)
LINZ – VSV BELJAK 2:4 (1:0, 0:2, 1:2)
INNSBRUCK – PUSTERTAL ** 5:6 (0:1, 2:0, 3:4)** – penalty kicks