After Christmas starts well for Bolzano, Asiago and Val Pusteria. The Foxes managed to beat Klagenfurt in overtime 2-to-1 in the comeback while Asiago won for the second time this season in Ljubljana and find themselves ninth in the standings. Val Pusteria, after 4 consecutive defeats, crushes the bottom side of the Pioneers by a score of 9 to 0 and remains close to the playoff zone. But there is no time to rest because ICE is already back on December 28 with the all-Italian challenge between Bolzano and Asiago while Val Pusteria will be leaders from Innsbruck.
Bolzano notched up its 14th home win of the season out of 16 matches played for the Sparkas
HCB Südtirol Alperia got a home win in overtime against EC-KAC. For the South Tyroleans, this is already the 14th victory in 16 ICE Hockey League home wins over two days. In the live duel against EC-KAC, the Foxes have already celebrated their third victory in the third duel of the current season. EC-KAC had to play again with a severely depleted lineup. In total, the KAC had fewer than eleven players. However, the visitors started better and took the lead in the 33rd minute through Fabian Hoscheger. Early in the final period, Mitch Holts tied the game before Brad McClure scored the winning goal in overtime. With this loss, KAC fell back down the standings to the pre-playoff zone.
Val Pusteria leads the Pioneers with the highest victory in an ICE season
Wolves from Brunico celebrated with a 9:0 win over BEMER Pioneers Vorarlberg and closed the gap to the top ten teams in the two-day ICE Hockey League tournament. Captain Rafael Andergasen kicked off the winning streak in the fifth minute with a superb shorter goal. By the end of the second half, the Wolves were up to 6-0 – half of the goals were scored by special teams. In the final quarter, the Wolves added three more goals to make the final score 9:0. Only defenseman Emil Christensen scored twice. While Vorarlberg remains bottom of the table, Brunico is back in touch with the pre-qualifying places.
Asiago is still growing
In the fight for pre-match places, Migross Supermercati Asiago Hockey has achieved significant success. In the direct duel with HK SZ Olimpija, the Yellow-Reds won 5: 2 in Slovenia. After a second successive victory – just before Christmas Asiago bent, surprisingly, leaders Innsbruck – the newly promoted team rose to ninth in the standings. On the other hand, Ljubljana is gradually losing touch with the top ten, already four points behind. Head to head on Boxing Day, the two teams remained tied in the first period. With the score at 1-1, Asiago accelerated time starting the second half and moved to 4-1 in the 52nd minute. Ljubljana failed to get back into the game as they suffered their sixth straight defeat.
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