The Capitals of Vienna made their first call in the group stage of the Champions Hockey League. Head coach Dave Cameron & # 39; s team was only defeated by Aalborg Pirates in extra time. The results, in the 2: 3 defeat in the Erste Bank Arena, reached two of the twelve Austrians in the line-up with Peter Schneider (7 min, PP1) and Rafael Rotter (32 min, PP1). On Thursday, the capitals of Vienna have the chance to take revenge on the pirates in Aalborg (Face-Off: 19:30).
Head coach Dave Cameron sends the same line-up as on Thursday, in the 1: 4 defeat to group favorite Frölunda Indians on the ice. The gate is again guarded by Jean-Philippe Lamoureux.
After only a few seconds, the capital of Vienna receives the first powerplay. Shortly thereafter, the home team from Vienna is close to the first goal. Marc-André Dorion falls short with a long distance shot on the post (2 minutes). Chris DeSousa (2 min.), Ali Wukovits (3 min.) And Taylor Vause (5 min.) Also test Aalborgs goalkeeper Ronan Quemener. The high-profile possibilities are accumulating. Within seconds Kelsey Tessier, after nice preparatory work by Jamie Arniel, and Riley Holzapfel (7 min.). In the second powerplay, the team of head coach Dave Cameron beats. Schneider, who was already successful at the opening against Frölunda, scores from the left hitting to make it 1-0 (7th minute, PP1).
A bad pass from Kurt Davis in the play structure leads to the first big chance for the guests from Denmark. Lamoureux remains the winner in the one-on-one with Mike McNamee (14 minutes). The capitals of Vienna remain the deciding team. Arniel tries to outsmart his ex-Dornbirn-colleague Quemener with a shot from a half-right position (17 minutes), Fischer knocks on the Frenchman with a bluelinier (17 minutes). Before the end of the first third, the caps must survive a fierce phase. While Ali Wukovits and Dominic Hackl are in the penalty area, Lamoureux again fights worse (20 minutes).
In the second third, the chances for Aalborg increase. Lamoureux (21 minutes) saves once, another time the target is just beyond the right beam (21 minutes) and a break-away warp, the Aalborg striker Emil Marcussen, who just comes out of the penalty box (25th minute). In minute 28 the guests cheer for the equalizer. First, the rod still saves, but David Friedmann's next attempt is to make him 1-1 (28 min). Only 95 seconds later the Danes turned the game around. Jeppe Jul Korsgaard beat Lamoureux 2-1 (30 minutes) in one-on-one. But the lead does not last long. A useful Powerplay goal brings compensation just two minutes later. The caps lock the pirates in their own third, the disk runs and Rafael Rotter pops the game device of the right Bullykreis into the net of Quemener (32 min, PP1).
At the beginning of the last third, the capitals of Vienna are lucky. In Aalborg's shot, the crossbar saves the ball (41 minutes). Vienna leaves a power play unused. In the 46th minute Patrick Peter fails with a nice solo effort to Quemener (46 minutes). The referees condemn the caps cracks to a few penalties. Vienna survives with a daring fight a double in the minority (51 min.), At the same time a double majority can not succeed. DeSousa makes the decision about the bat in the final stages. But the disk just flies over the gate (58 min.).
In the overtime hours, which the cities of Vienna have to deny, Aalborg has the better end for itself. Thomas Spelling scores in the powerplay (61 minutes, PP1). Vienna loses against the Danes with 2: 3 and gets the second CHL home game with a run.
Vienna Capitals – Aalborg Pirates 2: 3 i. OT (1: 0, 1: 2, 0: 0, 0: 1)
Tor Caps: Peter Schneider (7th minute, PP1), Rafael Rotter (32nd minute, PP1)
Goals Aalborg: David Friedmann (28 minutes), Jeppe Jul Korsgaard (30 minutes), Thomas Spelling (61 minutes, PP1)
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