Red Bull Salzburg ended up in the round of 16 in the Champions Hockey League. The third-placed team in the ICE Hockey League suffered a 5-1 defeat at defending champion Rögle BK on Tuesday, losing 6-4 overall after the surprising 3-1 home win in the first leg. An Austrian could still celebrate in the Catena Arena in Ängelholm, team player Marco Kasper also put his name on the list of shooters in the dress of the Swedes.
The Swedes tried to show a reaction from the start and also managed a dream start. After a nice combination, Ludvig Larsson scored in the Kreuzeck after 2:27 minutes. Salzburg then caught up and kept keeping their opponents busy. The main thing was defensive work, and consistent duels and a strong goalie Atte Tolvanen, who responded brilliantly shortly before the end of the first period, ensured that no further goals were conceded. That changed immediately after the restart, when the “Bulls” were still in Outnumbered and Adam Tambellini was successful after 19 seconds. The hosts took the offensive momentum with them and found chance after chance and comfortably extended the lead. After a two-on-one counterattack, Oliver Tärnström (25′) completed an exemplary shot, four minutes later it was Kasper who shot the ball from close range. The 18-year-old forward was drafted by NHL club Detroit Red Wings in July and is due to receive the necessary finishing touches from Rögle before moving to North America. There he has four goals and five assists in the current CHL season. Salzburg was on the ropes, but came back again. The Swedes, who are weak in the national league, did not consistently complete their own attack and after a counterattack it was Thomas Raffl (39th), who hit the corner after preliminary work by Peter Schneider. As a result, only one goal was missing in overtime in the final section. But the Swedes quickly threw a spanner in the works, Larsson completed his brace after 3:12 minutes. As a result, Salzburg put up a strong fight and were also able to survive a 3:5 manpower situation. A second goal was not in the air. After the 1-0 loss at the Graz99ers on Sunday in the ICE league, this was Salzburg’s next defeat. The second CHL quarterfinal participation after 2018/19 remained unmatched. After the 0:1 at the Graz99ers on Sunday in the ICE league there was the next Salzburg defeat. The second CHL quarter-final participation after 2018/19 remained unmatched. “Rögle BK was the better team most of the time. We weren’t good enough and didn’t play at the level we needed to win,” summed up Salzburg coach Matt McIlvane. Nevertheless, he leaves Sweden with the feeling that he played well in the CHL and performed well. “We had a lot of great moments and victories this season, we can be proud of that,” emphasized the American.