EC Red Bull Salzburg did it and fulfilled the “sweep” mission in the quarterfinals of the win2day ICE Hockey League.
With a hard-fought 1-0 away win at HC Znojmo, the winners of the regular season made the series 4-0 and can wait to see which club will face them in the semi-finals.
After a quick goal by Järvinen in the second minute, a hard-fought game developed in which the “Ice Bulls” really had a hard time with Znojmo’s goalie Pavel Kantor.
However, even in a final offensive, the hosts did not manage to at least equalize and extend their own hopes.
The search for the offensive problems
The Czechs might have deserved more, but ultimately the 0-1 draw was an expression of the whole series, which was tough but always had a small advantage for Salzburg in the end.
Unsurprisingly, when asked how he felt, Matt McIlvane’s unequivocal response was “relief.”
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“Every game was so close, they are a very strong team in attack, and their goalie was excellent too. Every game was close and this game was no exception,” summarized the Salzburg head coach.
The few goals scored by his team did not surprise the American. “We’ve struggled to score all series. They defend well. We found a way to win the game and that’s the important part.”
The opponent doesn’t matter to Raffl
Captain Thomas Raffl also saw a series that actually didn’t deserve a 4-0 final score. He paid tribute to his opponent in the winner’s interview on “Puls24”.
“Every game could have gone the other way. Respect to Znojmo, they never gave up. Everyone knows how difficult it is with a 0-3 loss,” said the veteran.
Who doesn’t care about the coming opponent at all. “We’re concentrating on ourselves, we have to make good use of the break, recover from one or two injuries, but then continue training so that we don’t encounter any surprises in the semi-finals.”
Znojmo’s boys still have to learn
For Znojmo, however, the comeback season in the ICE ended on March 15th. The Czechs now want to go into the summer break with the feeling that they really fought.
“It’s really tough. The 0:4 looks brutal for us. But I’m so proud, we fought every game and there are a lot of young guys in the team. They still have to learn something from the older ones and from teams like Salzburg,” said a disappointed Radek Matus.
The captain is certain that Salzburg will go far in this form: “They are one of the best teams in the league.”