With two rounds to go, Elvis Tampere and Faccio Lakers secured their ticket to the Round of 16.
It was a tough game for Elvis Tampere against Vitkovic: the Czechs took a double lead in the first half thanks to Marek Kalos (on the powerplay) and Matej Berchik. Linci leveled the match with Les Lancaster’s second man, in a double lead, and Jani Nyman between 35.33 and 36.57. After the extra period ended without goals, Lancaster decided the match on penalties.
Elvis Tampere – Vitkovic (0-2; 2-0; 0-0; 0-0; 1-0)
If Ilves had a complicated day, Loko Rauma, who was beaten 6-0 in tennis by Mannheim, would lose his unbeaten record and top spot. Six goals were scored equally in the first half (Chris Bennett, Daniel Fischbuch and Linden Fay) and in the third (Stefan Loebel, Corbinian Holzer and David Wold). Penalty kick for Felix Brockman.
Loco Rauma – Adler Mannheim 0-6 (0-3; 0-0; 0-3)
Osilary Trenik achieved his first success in the first leg in Lahti: the first half ended in a goalless draw with a penalty awarded to Jakob Gerabec. The Czechs shared the game in midfield with Daniel Vuzenelek, Marco Dano and Kamil Valega scoring. The Pelicans had only Levi Tokiainen’s consolation goal from 14 inches from the siren with extra action man Patrick Svankara blocking the scoring.
Lahti Pelicans – Ocellari Trinik 1-3 (0-0; 0-3; 1-0)
Växjö Lakers beat Bienne 4-0. In a well-balanced match, Robert Rosen’s powerful goal and Manuel Agren’s first-half goal made it 2-0, setting the game on track for Swedish success. The home team’s extension is signed by Martin Lundberg at 22.41, while poker by Kalle Kossila is sent into the empty net at 58.19.
Vaccio Lakers – Bayan 4-0 (2-0; 1-0; 1-0)
With a 5-2 win over Kosice, Rapperswil-Jona retains 16th place, the final spot to reach the playoffs: despite putting their opponents in place, they manage to negate Gian-MarcoWetter’s advantage with Chase Berger. There was no time to celebrate and in 37 inches Jeremy Wake put St Wales back in front, who then reached a provisional 4-1 lead thanks to goals from Victor Rask and Jordan Schroeder. At 49.04 Joona Jääskeläinen gives new hope in the powerplay. At the 57.21 minute, the match ended with a goal by Yannick Lennart Albrecht into an empty net.
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers – Kosice 5-2 (1-0; 2-1; 2-1)
A barrage of goals from Munich and Faristad Karlstad against Innsbruck and Aalborg. Among the Germans, Austin Ortega, who has 5 points (two goals and three assists), shines, while among the Swedes, Maxime Lagasse, the knockout player, stands out.
Munich-Innsbruck 9-2 (3-1; 3-1; 3-0); Varistad Karlstad – Aalborg Pirates 8-0 (4-0; 0-0; 4-0)
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