After the impressive achievement of Game 5, Bolzano still has to try everything to extend the ICE Finals series. On Tuesday in Salzburg there will be the sixth act of a very exciting and difficult final match with the Foxes who will try to stage a coup.
EC Red Bull Salzburg have a chance to defend their Win2day ICE Hockey League title in front of their fans on Tuesday. The Red Bulls, who have won their last 18 home games, are leading 3:2 in the best-of-7 series against HCB Südtirol Alperia.
There was nothing to be done for the weak of nerves in the fifth final of the ICE Hockey League championship, which took place on Sunday in Bolzano. The home team survived by winning the second-longest match in ICE history. In the 116th minute, Matt Fratten scored the second goal of the evening.
Coach Glenn Hanlon’s side scored more goals in the 4:3 win than in the previous four matches in the current final (2) and scored again in the power play. After a last-minute equalizer, the Red Bulls missed a great opportunity to defend their title, especially in the first overtime. Now coach Matt McIlvane’s team can win the series at home. Of the seven championships won so far, the Red Bulls have only been able to celebrate one (2007 against Villach) on their ice.
Both of the last two series between Salzburg and Bolzano were held entirely, with South Tyrol securing the title in each case. In 2018, the “Foxes” triumphed in the seventh match on the ice in Salzburg — it was also the last time the series finale was decided at the last possible moment.
The Red Bull team has been strong at home in recent months. They have won Isarina Salzburg’s last 18 matches. Captain Thomas Ravel’s side suffered their last defeat in mid-December against Graz, Bolzano managed to win their first duel in Salzburg this season, but the Red Bulls were victorious in the other three. On Tuesday, a lot can again hinge on the opening goal: In all five Finals, the team that took the top spot won.
win2day ICE Hockey League Final Six:
Tue, 04/18/2023, 19:30: EC Red Bull Salzburg – HCB Südtirol Alperia
Referees: HRONSKY, M. NIKOLIC, Konc, Seewald | >> Free Streaming <
Final series: 3 to 2 for Salzburg
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