EBEL 2019-2020

Discussion in 'Central Europe' started by Theokritos, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Theokritos Moderator

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    Recap of the games on December 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th:

    Klagenfurt finally seem to have reached the shape their coach wanted them to be in. They shut out Salzburg (2-0) and Bolzano (3-0) and are now on par with leader Salzburg point-wise. Overall they have only conceded 2 goals in their last 6 games for a GD of 16-2.

    Znojmo had a great road trip with wins against Villach (3-0), Dornbirn (4-2) and Innsbruck (4-2). When you look at their not exactly overwhelming roster, a lot of credit has to go to their coach Miroslav Fryčer. The team is still right in the mix for a playoff spot.

    Vienna also had a good weekend with 6 points (3-1 vs Innsbruck and 4-1 vs Villach).

    Salzburg lost 0-2 against Klagenfurt but beat Linz 4-1. They're still in the lead but they're heavily depending on their first line with Thomas Raffl and John Hughes. The other lines (including rather big names like Chad Kolarik and Bud Holloway) provide very little scoring, which has to be considered a major disappointment. It's high time for coach Matt McIlvane to re-arrange the second and third line.

    Fehervar earned 4 points in two games with a win 4-1 against their direct competitor Graz and a 2-3 SO against Bolzano. Graz on their part beat Bolzano 4-1 but then lost against Fehervar.

    Linz beat Dornbirn 5-4 but were put in their place by Salzburg (1-4). They were without their #1 goaltender David Kickert though who has the second best SV% out of all starters in the league, just behind Salzburg's Jean-Philippe Lamoureux.

    Bolzano are struggling a bit as they lost against Graz (1-4) and Klagenfurt (0-3). Then they needed the shootout to defeat Fehervar (3-2 SO). They lost a step on Vienna and Linz.

    Bad results for Villach with losses against Znojmo and Vienna, which put them 6 points behind a secure playoff spot. Bottom dwellers Innsbruck (1-3 vs Vienna and 2-4 vs Znojmo) and Dornbirn (4-5 vs Linz and 2-4 vs Znojmo) didn't gain anything either.
     
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    Games on Friday, December 13th:

    Linz - Bolzano 6-4
    Bolzano (now with newly acquired defenseman Patrick Wiercioch) was widely outplayed in the first period, but held on to a 1-1 draw. In the second period they even went ahead 4-2 before they took a string of penalties which allowed Linz to tie the game. In the last period Linz with their more balanced forward group sealed the victory with two unanswered goals.

    Villach - Salzburg 2-3
    The home team put in a good effort and had the better of the game, but didn't capitalize on their scoring chances enough. Salzburg didn't show much but were still able to carve out a win due to their efficiency.

    Innsbruck - Klagenfurt 4-1
    With their forward line-up restored after injury worries, Innsbruck looked like a team re-born. Klagenfurt still went ahead, but Innsbruck showed their offensive capability and responded with four unanswered four goals. Klagenfurt on their part weren't sharp enough offensively with two of their best forwards (Nick Petersen, Matt Neal) missing.

    Vienna - Graz 0-3
    Weak game by both teams. Vienna had more scoring changes but were frustrated by Graz goaltender Cristopher Nilstop. Graz on their part didn't play well but showed more commitment which was enough.

    Dornbirn - Fehervar 2-6
    Inept performance by Dornbirn who had more of the game but still saw the efficient opponent cruise to a 4-0 lead. It was only in the last period that the home team showed some live and scored twice, but only for Fehervar to answer with two more goals of their own.

    Today's games:

    Klagenfurt - Linz
    Bolzano - Vienna
    Salzburg - Fehervar
    Graz - Znojmo
    Dornbirn - Villach

    Klagenfurt vs Linz stream (17:30 CET / 11:30 EST)
     
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    Pretty boring Kaerntner derby, KAC on another level, vastly superior team.
     

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