The sixth game day of the bet-at-home ICE Hockey League was one to forget for the Vienna Capitals.

Although the Viennese “only” lost 1-0 to Olimpija Ljubljana (match report >>>), the way the home side presented themselves in the local Erste Bank Arena is questionable.

Once again, the offensive production left a lot to be desired with just 16 shots on goal, but in contrast to the previous two successes against HC Innsbruck and the KAC, the Donaustadters hardly had any great chances on this Sunday evening. Brody Sutter left out the biggest possibility, who paused from the slot 30 seconds before the end of the game.

At the end of the day there was an extremely poor performance against the by no means convincing Slovenes, who also had to pretend two defensive top performers and lost one of their top scorers injured in the first third with Wade Murphy.

Capitals coach Barr was extremely dissatisfied after the defeat: “We did a few things well, the boys threw themselves into it – I would never question the commitment of my players. We have to make better decisions in the game, though, and we’re giving our opponents a lot at the moment too many easy scoring chances. This has to stop! “

Barr: Old hands have to deliver

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He made his veterans, who are supposed to lead the caps out of the crisis, particularly responsible. “You have to lead the game, play passes, clarify situations, get shots on goal. It’s the veterans who show us the way to success. We can’t count on the young players to push the game forward,” added the Canadian Pressure on Mario Fischer and Co.

The 60-year-old was pissed off by the fact that the team barely adhered to the match schedule. “Before the game, we talked about how we wanted to get into the offensive zone. We said, ‘They’re pushing you to the sides, staying in the middle – so we’ll take advantage of that.’ And what do we do? We play through the middle. This alone gave us the puck around 15 times in the first two thirds of the time.

Barr was visibly angry, had to fight back the F-word several times. He continued: “For inexplicable reasons we give the disc too often in the neutral zone. We don’t have the greatest self-confidence at the moment, many players don’t feel good about their game with the puck either. It doesn’t often happen that the Half the team doesn’t play the way you’d like them to. Hopefully that will change soon, because we hardly create any chances. “

“It’s a little snowball effect”

The following statistics show that the Capitals hardly create any chances: The capitals only recorded 88 (!) Shots on goal in six games. For comparison: Red Bull Salzburg with ex-Viennese Benjamin Nissner, Ty Loney and Ali Wukovits already have 205 shots on the opposing goal.

We work hard, but the reason for this is that we always have to chase the puck, produce too many turns. When that happens, you’re just chasing the game. The players are getting more and more tired and will not be fresh on the ice in the next shift. This is due to all the work on the defensive.

Nicolai Meyer holds the flag high with at least 14 shots on goal – that is 15.90 percent of all shots on goal of the Capitals – with Charlie Dodero, however, a defender with seven degrees follows the opposing box.

Barr had already identified a reason for the weak offensive: “We work hard, but the reason is that we always have to chase the puck, produce too many turnovers. When that happens, you just chase the game. The players will getting tired and not fresh on the ice in the next shift. This is due to all the work on the defensive. “

Postscript: “It’s a little snowball effect that we have to break through. Fortunately, our goalkeepers are playing very well at the moment.”

The outstanding Stefan Steen

After his shutout success in the fourth round against HC Innsbruck, Stefan Steen was again allowed to guard the gate of the Capitals. And it was also the Swede who gave the Viennese any chance of scoring points. Especially in the third third, when the caps threw everything forward, the 28-year-old faced several breakaways from Ljubljana.

Again and again Steen prevented the game-winning 2-0, but there was also praise from Barr: “Steen played fantastic against Innsbruck and even better today. He exuded self-confidence and controlled the target well. He had four, five , even shown six big saves that it takes to keep our chances of victory alive. “

The goalie couldn’t explain Capitals’ poor performance after the game either: “We fought, but we had problems at the same time. We didn’t play at our highest level today, I can’t explain why myself. We have to think about it and find solutions because we get ourselves into trouble too often. “

“Witcher” Stefan Steen

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Sometimes you have problems in the simplest of situations, get yourself into trouble with wrong decisions, said Steen. “We’re looking forward to many odd-man rushes.” Nevertheless, it was a close game over the entire time. “We have a good chance of stealing at least one point from the slot 30 seconds before the end of the game. Unfortunately, we didn’t succeed.”

The Swedish goalkeeper therefore saw a lot of work ahead of the Capitals: “At the moment a lot has to fit together. We have to watch the videos and keep working. We work on it every damn day, the season is long and we want to keep improving. We’ll be next week definitely play better than today. “

Ljubljana: Happy about a strong start to the season

Olimpija Ljubljana played better this Sunday evening. The Slovenians were able to convince in the season so far, already holding eleven points and third place. In addition, there have already been successes against HC Bozen, the Graz99ers, the Black Wings Linz and now the Capitals.

Only HC Innsbruck proved to be a stumbling block for the “dragons”, in two duels there were two bankruptcies. Ljubljana defied not only the record, but also the failures: With Sebastien Piche and Joona Erving, two important defenders were eliminated, and goalkeeper Paavo Hölsä also cured an injury. With Wade Murphy, the second best scorer in the league had to end the game early in the first third.

That was the main reason why head coach Mitja Sivic said: “It was a tough game. We had to have two top defenders in our line-up and also lost Wade Murphy in the first third. He plays a big part in our offensive, the Players still stuck to the match schedule. We did the little things well and deserved the win. “

He was delighted when asked about the strong start to the season, which very few people expected: “I always believe in my boys, I know what they are capable of. When I joined the team, I told them that too. We work hard as a team and the players show their performance day in and day out. They have a lot of quality. “

Sivic continued: “The victories are doing us very well, so you can see that if you give your best every time, you can win against anyone in this league.”

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