In the Alpine Hockey League, six matches are scheduled for Thursday. While Jesenice wants to continue his successful streak against Red Bull Hockey Juniors In the Master Round a great challenge between Cortina and Ritten for a very balanced set. This match is also another opportunity to better study the opponent in light of the final stage of the Scudetto that will take place next week (7-11 February) and will see Cortina and Renon face off again at the Olimpico on February 11 as well. On the third and final day of the tour, which will be devoted to the eighty-ninth session of the English International Humanitarian Law League – First Division. Ampezzo (3 matches at Olimpico) and South Tyroleans (2 matches at Ritten Arena) are favorites in a Scudetto week that will also see Unterland (1 match at Würth Arena) and Merano (first leg matches only) take part.
As far as the Alps are concerned, Groups A and B are played on Thursdays, so the race to qualify for the pre-qualifiers continues. Very important challenges between Vipiteno and Gherdeina and between Merano and Bregenzerwald.
Thursday, 02.02.2023, 20:30: SG Cortina Hafro – Reitner Boam Sky Alps
Referees: Moschen, Pinie, Brondi, Rigoni | >>PPV-Live Broadcasting<
Rittner Buam SkyAlps and SG Cortina Hafro are level on points for second and third. South Tyroleans have won all three encounters of the season played so far against biancocelesti, and just last week they were victorious in Collalbo 4:1 against Adami & Co. Ampezzo’s team is also strong in front of their home crowd, having won six of their last seven matches. With only three goals conceded in three games, ‘Buam’ currently has the best defense in the main role. Long-injured goaltender Hayden Hoke has a regular season save average of 0.931 and is proving his worth in one of the hottest phases of the tournament. This challenge will be repeated in Serie A IHL and IHL on February 11. Also on Day 3 of the Round Robin Scudetto (7-11 February) Cortina and Renon will cross signals again, in conjunction with Unterland – Merano, in what could be the defining challenge of a mission Scudetto number 89 but watch out for the Cavaliers and Eagles who will try to spoil the Ampezzo and Boame celebrations on Tuesday 7 February when Cortina-Merano and Renon-Unterland and Thursday 9 with Cortina-Unterland and Renon-Merano. Whoever has the most points at the end of the six scheduled races wins.
Qualifying Round A:
Thursday, 02.02.2023, 20:00: Wipptal Broncos Weihenstephan – HC Gherdeina valgardena.it
Referees: GIACOMOZZI, STEFENELLI, Bedana, Cristeli | >>PPV-Live Broadcasting<
With eight points from four matches, Gerdina is currently second in the group, while Sterzing has six points (with one match less) and sits fourth. Because of the difficult situation in the standings, Thursday’s game is of great importance to both teams. The Broncos’ previous three games in the middle round were decided by just one goal difference, and Sterzing had to concede twice. Gerdina do not heat up away matches, as they have recently suffered three defeats. So the derby is very, very important. Coach Jerry Weber has also been dealing with a series of injuries since Saturday’s game. Michael Meisner was hit in the arm on a conceded shot in the third period, and benched full-face David Gschnitzer was hit by Vasa’s removal in the first period. Those two players will join long-term caregiver Tommy Gschnitzer, while Fabian Hackhofer will join his teeth despite the hand injury he picked up against Zell am See and looking forward to playing against the Furies.
Qualifying round (B):
Thursday, 02.02.2023, 20:30: HC Meran / o Pircher – EC Bregenzerwald
Referees: BENVEGNU, LAZZERI, De Zordo, Fleischmann | >>PPV-Live Broadcasting<
Merano and Bregenzerwald are currently battling it out for the third place, and the last spot that deserves a ticket to the pre-qualifiers. Although the South Tyroleans have suffered three defeats in the Intermediate Group so far and conceded 16 goals, they can claim another point with the ECB. Vorarlberger’s side only played two matches, and after a draw after 60 minutes they got an extra point each time. This was also the case last weekend, when “Wälder” was able to beat Merano for the first time in the current season (4: 3 after extra time).
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